September 19-22, 2020 Red Rose Run

The 44th annual Red Rose Run, presented by PennState Health, will be a virtual 5-mile race taking place over four days, September 19 – 22, 2020. Anyone can take part in this longtime, community event whether locally in Lancaster or beyond! Participants can run or walk and will have the option to submit their times for consideration of awards.

In addition to submitting times, participants can compete in multiple engaging categories, like “Most Unique Run Location” and “Runner Furthest Distance Away from Lancaster.” Along with registration, runners will receive a 2020 Red Rose Run neck gaiter. Plus, this year all proceeds of the Red Rose Run will go to support Lancaster City’s beloved Central Market!

As the race dates approach, stay tuned for more information on awards, categories to compete in, and other exciting ways to keep the Red Rose Run tradition alive!

Thank you for participating in our 2020 Virtual Race!

Stay tuned for details on next year’s Red Rose Run!

We’ve Gone Virtual! Choose Your Course

This new format allows participants to get creative with their 5 mile routes. This year participants of all activity levels are invited to run or walk the race either in one continuous route or broken up over a few days. Here are some course options for those local to Lancaster.

Course #1: The Official Red Rose Run Course

Course 1: Official Red Rose Run Course

North on Queen Street, East on Lemon Street, South on Duke Street, West on Chesapeake Street, 1st block take bridge over Conestoga River then SE on Rockford Road, North on Duke Street, West on Walnut Street and South on Queen Street to finish.

Course #2: Conestoga Greenway Trail

Course 2: Conestoga Greenway Trail

The trail is about 1.25 miles long. Doing the entire length four times will achieve your goal. There are multiple parking options available along the trail. The trail has end points on South Duke St and also at S. Conestoga Drive.

Course #3: Long’s Park

Course 3: Long's Park

The lower loop around the pond is approximately 0.5 miles long. Ten loops will match the 5 mile goal. This is an excellent option for individuals seeking to complete the distance across more than one day.

Course #4: Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Course 4: Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Starting at Columbia Crossings (41 Walnut St., Columbia, PA 17512), follow the trail to the 2.5 mile mark and return.

Course #5: Lancaster County Park

Course 5: Lancaster County Park

Rockford Road, on the North side of the park is about 1 mile long. Convenient parking is available from the E. Strawberry Street entrance off Chesapeake Street. Starting at that end, run to the park exit at S. Duke Street and return on the same road. Each loop will be 2 miles. For the final mile, run the same course, but turn around a City View Drive and return to the start.

spectator holding encouraging sign for runners during the Red Rose Run


Winners will be determined once the virtual race has finished. An overall male winner and female winner will be selected for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. There will be one winner selected for each of the other categories.

Overall Winners (Male and Female):

1st – $100
2nd – $50
3rd – $25

All Other Category Winners: $50

Prize Categories

Below are ten categories participants can compete for while completing the virtual Red Rose Run! All categories will have one winner, except Male and Female Overall Winners.

Male Overall Winner
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded

Female Overall Winner
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded

Lancaster Residential Winner
Best time in Lancaster County

PA Residential Winner
Best time in Pennsylvania (Non-Lancaster County)

Out of State Winner
Best time for non-PA resident

Furthest Away Participant
Participant Furthest Away from Lancaster, PA

Service Member Winner
Best time for an Active Military Service Member or Veteran, can indicate this when submitting your time

Largest Team Completing the Race
When submitting your time you’ll be able to submit if you’re on a team

First Time Submitted for 5-Mile Race Completed
5-miles completed all at once, must submit photo proving date, distance, and time 

First Time Submitted for Race Completed in Increments
5-miles completed in multiple sessions, must submit photo proving date, distance, and time 

Most Unique Run Location
Send a photo to, staff at the Lancaster Office of Promotion will vote on this category

T-shirts & Merchandise

Due to this year’s unique circumstances, we’re introducing a special line of Red Rose Run 2020 Gear for longtime supporters and new participants to enjoy.

Shop Official Race Gear


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual 5 miler?

A virtual 5-mile run can be completed virtually anywhere! Participants can run/walk their 5 miles any time between September 19th – 22nd, anywhere you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, a trail, or on a treadmill. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.

When does the 2020 Red Rose Run Virtual 5 Mile Run take place?

The race week begins on Saturday, September 19th, and should be completed on or before Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020. You can upload your results, via an emailed form, anytime between 12:01 am on September 19th through 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 22nd. You will receive the link to submit results prior to September 19th.

Who can participate in the virtual 5-mile run/walk?

We encourage everyone to participate. All fitness levels and ages are welcome to join us. We would ask that if your child (under 14) wants to enter, you as the parent/guardian must complete the online entry form on the child’s behalf. Just get out there and run or walk, whatever works for you!

Do I need to complete the 5-mile distance in one go?

To be considered in contention for the overall winner categories you will need to show proof of completing the full 5-mile distance in one go to qualify. If you are not interested in winning the overall winner categories, you can split your race over a few days or weeks and they can be in any amount of distances as you need!

Does registration include a t-shirt?

Red Rose Run neck gaiter

This year, we designed a lightweight Red Rose Run 2020 neck gaiter that double as a face-covering or headband! If your t-shirt drawer is calling our name, purchase a limited edition 2020 tie-dye tee, offered in tank, long sleeve and short sleeve.

What’s needed in order to submit my race results?

You must submit your results to be counted as having completed the 5-mile run/walk distance. Closer to the race week, we will share the electronic form for you to submit your time. For the serious competitors, we request submitting proof of your time and distance with a picture of your running watch (showing date), or screenshots from any of the popular running apps including Strava and Nike Run (you cannot be considered for a top finisher without this proof).

We also welcome you to upload any selfies, short videos, or other creative posts so we can share with others and make the race as interactive as possible so, please help us share our efforts and continue to raise awareness in our community. Photos and videos will lift everyone’s spirits! Share with hashtag #RRR2020

How will I know if I am getting a special category prize? When will I get it?

The week of September 28th, we will email participants to let them know what they will be receiving. Items will be shipped after we have time to process and determine the winners and funds raised. We expect to send the awards via U.S. mail.

What if I registered for the original Red Rose Run date on June 6th, 2020?

Runners registered for the original race planned for June 6 will automatically be carried over to the virtual race or can request a refund by emailing their confirmation number to

Will there be race bibs?

Not for each individual runner. A virtual race bib can be downloaded here.

Where can I view the full race results?

At the end of the Virtual race, results will be posted on We will send an email to all participants once the results are posted.

Where do the proceeds of the Red Rose Run go?

I need some playlist inspiration, have any music recommendations?

Yes! So glad you asked. Check out our Red Rose Run 2020 Playlist on Spotify our staff put together. Enjoy the mix!

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