Add a little extra fun to a 5K, and the slightly less athletic crowd just might sign up.

That appears to be an emerging lesson of the York YWCA's eighth annual Race Against Racism, scheduled to kick off Saturday morning in York City.

Last year, about 800 people raced through the streets, said Jen Brillhart, the YWCA's chief development officer.

More than 1,300 people are registered for Saturday's race — an increase Brillhart attributes to the addition of a "color run" this year.

Participants who aren't so worried about clocking an impressive time can stop at stations throughout the course to get splashed with colorful powder.

"We just felt like it needed something fun and different," Brillhart said. "It doesn't matter what athletic shape you're in. You can still do this."

Also new this year is the Humanity Fest, a festival scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring multicultural food and entertainment. There will also be crafts and activities for children.

Registration will continue until just before the race Saturday, Brillhart said.

All proceeds benefit the YWCA's anti-racism programs.

Registration fees for individuals age 15 and older are $25; for teams age 15 and older, $20; and for individuals or teams age 14 and younger, $10.

The start time for competitive runners is 9 a.m. The race starts and ends in front of the YWCA, 320 E. Market St.

The color run will start at 9:30 a.m.

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