Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge

 Run the Roc!

You won't want to miss this year's Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge! The Half Marathon, NEW Half Marathon Team RelayWegman's Family 5K & Kid's Half Marathon will take place Sunday, April 24, 2022 starting and ending at the Blue Cross Arena. 


The City of Rochester is proud to announce the annual Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge produced by YellowJacket Racing.  Rochester Regional Health has teamed up with sponsors Fleet Feet Sports, the City of Rochester, SMP, Wegmans, and many others to make the Rochester Flower City Challenge possible.  This awesome event is designed to accommodate practiced runners, casual joggers and everyone in between to ensure a day dedicated to outdoor fun.

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!

Bikes on bridge in Genesee Valley Park






Fun for Everyone

Everything’s more fun when you do it with a friend! Bring a buddy to compete with you. The Half Marathon Relay offers the opportunity to compete as a relay team with as maximum of two members per team.

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.

Be Victorious

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 Rochester Regional Health Flower City Half Marathon & 5K course. It's a unique opportunity to market your organization to the thousands that run the races! 

Tulips at Mount Hope Cemetery entrance.Want to Have Fun but Nervous to Run?

Volunteers are needed to help make this all happen. The Rochester Regional Health 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

Kidz Zone

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 and traffic impacts, visit Flower City Challenge