Susquehanna Waldorf School joined together and raced against racism this year. Our middle school students gathered every Monday and Wednesday after school to participate in our spring running club to prepare for the annual Lancaster YWCA 5k race. Coaches McIntyre, Sweeney, and Satterlee led the students in running games, breathing exercises, and training for long runs. We’re grateful to be just a stone’s throw away from the trail that runs alongside the Susquehanna River!

The SWS running club has participated in the Race Against Racism for over a decade but, for the first time ever, we invited our whole community to join. We also were a sponsor of the event this year! The Race Against Racism is not just another 5k. It’s an opportunity for community members to come together to stand against racism and support an organization committed to eliminating racism and empowering women. Jasmyne King, the director of Lancaster YWCA’s Center for Racial and Gender Equity, visited SWS to share more about the race and the important work the Lancaster YWCA is doing in our community.

SWS students, faculty, staff, and families gathered together on a beautiful Saturday morning to prepare for the race. It was the first race for some of our students and there was nervous excitement in the air. We stretched together, we laughed, and we pumped each other up as the race approached. Some of us ran the whole race (including two middle school boys who did it in under 24 minutes!). Some of us walked. Some of us did a bit of both. Some of us cheered on from the finish line. We enjoyed live music along the way and the feeling of connection that arises when communities come together for a good cause. We all had so much fun and were thrilled when it was announced that we were the largest school group to participate in the Race Against Racism this year! Congratulations to all who participated. To learn more about the important work the Lancaster YWCA is doing, visit their website