Run the Roc, Tri the Roc, Du the Roc
You won't want to miss this year's Unity Health System Rochester Flower City Challenge! The Rochester River Challenge Duathlon/Paddle Triathlon will take place Saturday, April 25th at Genesee Valley Park and the half marathon and family 5k will take place Sunday, April 26th, starting on the Broad Street Bridge and ending at the Blue Cross Arena.
The City of Rochester is proud to announce the fourth annual Unity Health System Rochester Flower City Challenge produced by Yellowjacket Racing. Unity Health System has teamed up with sponsors Fleet Feet Sports, the City of Rochester, SMP, Wegmans, Strathallan, New Balance, Harris Beach, the Genesee Waterways Center, the Monroe County Sports Commission, and Once Again to make the Rochester Flower City Challenge possible. This awesome weekend includes four different athletic events, accommodating practiced runners, casual joggers and everyone in between to ensure a weekend dedicated to outdoor fun.
The half marathon and 5k races associated with the Rochester Flower City Challenge will create a significant traffic impact along several city streets on the morning of April 26.
- Check out the full course and the approximate timing of the race throughout each neighborhood: ZONE CLOSURE MAP WITH TIMES
- See if your neighborhood is impacted by the half marathon on Sunday, April 27: Half Marathon Map
- See if your neighborhood is impacted by the Wegman's Family 5k on Sunday, April 27: 5k Map
A Unique Route to Take in the Beauty of Rochester
Participants in the half-marathon and 5k events will wind through historic downtown streets and neighborhoods, passing by famous landmarks like the Susan B. Anthony House. The race winds through Downtown, East Avenue, Park Avenue, Highland Park, Mount Hope Cemetery, the Genesee Riverway Trail, and much more!
SMP River Challenge Duathlon & Paddle Triathlon (4/25)
Participants in the River Challenge Duathlon will start in scenic Genesee Valley Park. The event begins with a 5K run that winds through the park, crossing both the Genesee River and the Erie Canal. Once runners complete the 5K course they will hop on their bike for a 20 mile road course that will take them south of the City into the town of Scottsville. Participants will pedal past the Rochester Institute of Technology. Athletes will see RIT again on the return trip north before cruising past the Greater Rochester International Airport. After returning to Genesee Valley Park a final 5K run through the park brings competitors to the finish line.
For those who have a passion for the sea, the River Challenge Triathlon offers the chance to skipper a boat up the Genesee River. The Triathlon course follows the same first two legs of the River Challenge Duathlon. Once participants finish the 20 mile bike ride they hop into either a canoe or kayak and work their way north on the Genesee to within sight of the historic Ford Street Bridge. Paddlers turn around and head back to the park to complete the 3 mile ride and the River Challenge Triathlon.
Wegmans Family 5K (4/26)
The Wegmans Family 5K is a tour of Center City that offers fun for the whole family with a course that’s only 3.1 miles long. Runners start at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial and head west. Participants will have the opportunity to go right by Susan B. Anthony House before passing Frontier Field and Kodak Tower. Racers then get the chance to enjoy downtown’s beautiful buildings that line South Avenue. Two bridges crossing the Genesee River bring the runners back to the start at Blue Cross Arena.
Unity Health Systems Rochester Flower City Half Marathon (4/26)
This United States of America Track and Field Association certified course truly showcases the splendor of Rochester and the heart (and legs) of an athlete. The course takes runners down city streets, through scenic neighborhoods and into public parks. After dashing past the Susan B. Anthony House racers circle around downtown passing by Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings. Participants will race down East Avenue passing the Rochester Museum and Science Center along with the George Eastman House and other standout mansions. A tour of the East End, Rochester’s popular nighttime destination, continues down Park Avenue. A visit through Highland Park offers a chance to scope out the park for the upcoming Lilac Festival, Rochester’s world-renowned lilac showcase. A trip though both old and new sections of Mount Hope Cemetery and a loop around the University of Rochester takes participants to Ford Street. An absolutely dazzling view of downtown Rochester behind the sparkling Frederick Douglass – Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge will greet those who have made it this far. After crossing the historic Ford Street Bridge a short run up Exchange Boulevard will bring challengers back to the Blue Cross Arena and cheering fans.
Fun for Everyone
Everything’s more fun when you do it with a friend! Bring your buddies to compete with you. The Duathlon and Triathlon offer the opportunity to compete as a relay team with as many as three of your friends.
Train Like a Champion
Fleet Feet Sports is offering training programs to help get ready for the Rochester Flower City Challenge. Fitness programs designed to prepare you for race day will help ensure you can perform at your best.
There are awards available for all of the events. Overall top finishers, as well as top age group finishers, will receive awards.
Adopt a Mile!
Adopt a Mile is a program that lets organizations earn money and public recognition and marketing simply by soliciting, organizing, and coordinating the volunteers for a particular “mile” of the Unity Health System Rochester Flower City Half Marathon & 5K course. It's a unique opportunity to market your organization to the thousands that run the races!
Want to Have Fun but Nervous to Run?
Volunteers are needed to help make this all happen. The Flower City Challenge needs people for:
• Packet Pick-up
• Road Marshalls
• Water Stops
• Musical Entertainment
• Finish Line Workers
People who are interested in volunteering should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bay View YMCA is hosting Kidz Zone to keep kids busy while you’re running your race. An inflatable playground will keep them entertained, happy and safe.
Get more information
For additional information about the events, local lodging, boat rentals and registration visit Flower City Challenge.