2017 PARTICIPANT GUIDE 
Everything you need to know for race weekend all in one place!  Please be sure to read all information thoroughly so you are most prepared for race day.

Registration Deadline Details
Registration Deadline for Duathlon & Triathlon
  • On-line registration closes Friday, April 28th at midnight
  • In-Store registration closes Friday, April 28th at 7:00 pm (only at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory)
  • There is no day-of entry for the Du or Tri  

Registration Deadline for Half Marathon & 5k
  • There are caps for both the Half Marathon & 5K
    • Cap for Half Marathon is 2,500
    • Cap for 5K is 1,200
  • If spots are still available:
    • On-line registration closes Sunday, April 30th at 6:00 am
    • In-Store registration closes Saturday, April 29th at 5:00 pm (only at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory)
    • Race day registration at the race site Sunday morning at 6:00 am

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

 

Packet Pick-Up/Expo
PACKET PICK-UP IS THIS WEEK!

Please go to Packet Pickup!  Don't wait until day of!
  
Packet pick-up for ALL events will be held at the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge Expo.  The Expo will be held at Fleet Feet Sports (155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620) and is being presented by Fleet Feet Sports. Be sure to check out the great deals on running apparel, accessories, footwear and official marathon merchandise.

Packet Pick-Up/Expo hours:
Friday, April 28th          10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 29th       9:00 am - 5:00 pm  
 
Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory
155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620  
 
*Please note Du/Tri participants MUST bring photo ID and/or USAT Card to get their packet. Even teams! Also, only the participant can get their own packet for the Du/Tri. Du/Tri participants will be given a tyvek bracelet at packet pickup that must be worn through race day. NO EXCEPTIONS!   
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RACE DAY ON SITE PACKET PICK-UP HOURS
 
Saturday, April 29th (Duathlon/Triathlon)
Du/Tri packet pick-up at Genesee Waterways Center starting at 6:00 am
(No day of registration for the Du/Tri)
 
 Sunday, April 30th (Half Marathon/5K)
Half/5K packet pick-up at the Blue Cross Arena starting at 6:00 am
There IS day of registration at the race site for Half & 5K
 

Duathlon & Triathlon Information
 If you are participating in the SMP Rochester River Challenge, please read the following information thoroughly!
 




DU/TRI PARTICIPANTS MUST PICK UP THEIR OWN PACKET
 
In order for all Du/Tri participants to get your bib number at Packet Pick-Up, you must do the following:
  • Show photo id and/or your USAT Card.  If you do not show this you cannot get your bib number or race packet.  NO exceptions!!  This is a USAT rule.
  • Only the participant can get their bib number and packet.  Another USAT rule.
  • Non USAT Members will be required to sign a waiver & pay the $15 One Day License fee (if you didn't already when you registered). Another USAT rule.
  • We will place a tyvek wristband on your wrist when you collect your race packet.  We will be placing this on your wrist during packet pickup. You must keep it on through race day.  Please plan accordingly. This is in place due to a strong recommendation from USAT, the national governing body of multisport events.  It ensures that the person picking up the packet is in fact the registrant.  No exceptions.
  SMP Rochester River Challenge - Date & Time
Saturday, April 29th
Start Time: 7:30 am
Genesee Waterways Center
149 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611
 
SMP Rochester River Challenge - Key Details 
Please click here  to read very important information on the SMP Rochester River Challenge, including rules & race day details. This is a pdf printable document. Be sure all team members have read it as well.
 
Included is information on: 
  • Start Wave Times
  • Boat Drop Off
  • Parking
  • Transition Details
  • and more....  
Please note the bike course/transition exit closes at 10:00 am, any participant not completed with the bike and on the run by 10:00 am will not be able to continue. 

SMP Rochester River Challenge - Boat Drop-Off 
You have the option to drop your boat off the night before (Friday, April 28th) between 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm to Genesee Waterways Center.  We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you consider this option. Race morning is always very chaotic at boat drop off and doing it the night before will alleviate unneeded stress race morning. There will be overnight security so your boat will be safe.  When dropping off your boat, drive into the main entrance to Genesee Waterways Center (149 Elmwood Avenue) and continue straight back to the circle and there will be volunteers there to assist you.   
 
If you decide to drop your boat off on race morning, you have to do it by 7:00 am sharp. At that time, only your boat can be dropped off (no other items).  Have a sense of urgency during this process. Quickly drop your boat off, and you will then have to immediately move your car and park at the U of R lot. Once you park at the U of R lot, you can then bring your bike and belongings to transition. All boats must be dropped off by 7:00 am. The entrance to GWC CLOSES to vehicles at 7:00 am, and there will be no exceptions.  
 
SMP Rochester River Challenge - Timing Details  
For Solos:
Your timing chip will be on the back of your bib. YOU MUST MUST MUST WEAR YOUR BIB VISIBLY ON THE FRONT OF YOUR TORSO. We will be using the MyLaps BibTag System. If you lose your bib, forget it, misplace it etc, there is a $5 replacement fee. No chip, no time. You will get the Bib Chip during packet pickup.  Be sure to wear your bib chip visibly on your torso, not your shorts, not your back, not your arm, not under a jacket etc.
 
For Teams:
Each member will receive a bib with the team name on it. None of these bibs will have the timing chip attached to it. Your team will also receive ONE bib with the word "TIMING" on it. This timing bib has a timing chip attached to the back and it will be attached to a belt. This belt will first be worn by the runner, then in transition pass it to the biker, when the biker returns they then pass it to the boater in transition. If it's 2 boaters, just one boater wears it. ALL Chip Handoffs must occur inside bike transition - NOT near the entrances or exits of transition.
 
SMP Rochester River Challenge -
Race Day Directions & Parking
The SMP River Challenge takes place at Genesee Waterways Center, located at 149 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611.  There is NO participant or spectator parking at the Genesee Waterways Center nor across the street from the GWC.

All SMP Rochester River Challenge Parking is in the Intercampus Parking Lot at the University of Rochester. 

Specifically: from Elmwood Avenue turn onto Wilson Blvd, turn right onto Trustee Road, then Right onto Intercampus Road. (there is no sign, but you can only go left or right - go right)    
 
For more information on directions to the Genesee Waterways Center and parking, click here. 

SMP Rochester River Challenge - Course Maps
Course Maps can be found here: 
  • Run Course - Click Here
     
  • Bike Course - Click Here
     
  • The Paddle Course goes down and back up the river along the same path as the Run Course
     
SMP Rochester River Challenge -
Participant Shirts, Bibs & Medals
 
All participants of the Duathlon & Triathlon will receive a short-sleeve tech shirt.  Sizes were guaranteed if registered by March 17th.  The sizing for participants who registered on March 18th or later will be first come based on when you come to the Expo to pick up your packet.
 
All participants who registered by March 17th will also get their name pre-printed on a custom bib.

All Duathlon & Triathlon finishers will receive a unique finishers medallion as they cross the finish line.   
 
 
SMP Rochester River Challenge - Post Race Services
Following the event, there will be post-race food from Salvatores & Wegmans.  There will also be a free inflatable for the kids, provided by the Bayview YMCA! 
 
SMP Rochester River Challenge - Awards 
There will be an awards ceremony at 10:30 am.  This is an approximate time. The actual time will be dependent on when the final results are in.  Overall Winners, Age Group Winners & Team Awards will be announced.  Awards will only be available on race day until 11:00 am.  If you are unable to pick up your award on race day, they will be available for pick-up after the race at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory between May 3rd - May 14th. Awards cannot be mailed.

Plus many thanks to Labatt Premiere Extra Light Lager, they will be raffling a kayak at the awards ceremony.  All Day 1 participants will be entered to win. For more information on the prize levels, please click here.
 
 SMP Rochester River Challenge -
Participant Photographs
 
We have partnered with Gameface Media and all participants will get free photo downloads after the race! 
 
Half Marathon & 5K Information
If you are participating in the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Half Marathon or the Wegmans Family 5K, please read the following information thoroughly!

 
 
 
Take pride in our city - please keep it clean and do not drop anything on the ground anywhere on the course. Please be courteous, and don't litter.

There will be local boy scouts at the Blue Cross Arena following the race to collect your empty water bottles as a fundraiser.  Please look for them instead of throwing the bottle away in the trash. 
 
The Blue Cross Arena will be open before, during and after the race, which means the restrooms on both levels will be available for use.   
  
Half Marathon & 5K - Date & Time
Sunday, April 30th 
Half Marathon Start Time: 7:30 am 
5K Start Time: 7:45 am 
Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial 
100 Exchange Blvd, Rochester, NY 14614 
 
Half Marathon & 5K - Start & Finish Line Details
The Half Marathon Start is in the middle of the bridge on Broad Street.There is construction on the bridge, so please give yourself plenty of time to get to the starting area. 
 
The 5K Start is 300' in front of the Half Marathon start. You will have to wait until AFTER the Half Marathon is started, and then you MUST BACK LOAD into the starting corral.  
 
The Finish Line is located right outside of the main entrances to the Blue Cross Arena on Exchange Blvd.
 
Half Marathon & 5K - Timing Details 
Your timing chip will be on the back of your bib. YOU MUST MUST MUST WEAR YOUR BIB VISIBLY ON THE FRONT OF YOUR TORSO. We will be using the MyLaps BibTag System. If you lose your bib, forget it, misplace it etc, there is a $5 replacement fee. No chip, no time. You will get the Bib Chip during packet pickup.  Be sure to wear your bib chip visibly on your torso, not your shorts, not your back, not your arm, not under a jacket etc. In addition, don't place your water bottle belt over the top of it and be careful hitting stop on your watch as you cross the finish line, as systems have a hard time reading through the human body.   Also, no bib no medal for the half marathon! 
  
Half Marathon & 5K - Race Day Directions & Parking 
For information on  directions to the Blue Cross Arena and parking information, please click here

Half Marathon & 5K - Course Maps
Wegmans Family 5K Course Map can be found here

Rochester Regional Health Flower City Half Marathon course map can be found here. 

Half Marathon - Participant Shirts, Bibs & Medals
All participants of the Half Marathon who registered by March 17th will receive a gender-specific, 1/4 zip, long-sleeve, technical shirt at packet pick-up.  Participants of the Half Marathon who registered on March 18th or after, will receive a short-sleeve, gender specific, technical shirt (sizing will be first come based on when you come to the Expo to pick up your packet).

All participants who registered by March 17th will get their name pre-printed on a custom bib.

All Half Marathon finishers with a bib will receive a unique finishers medallion as they cross the finish line.

5K - Participant Shirts & Bibs
All participants of the 5K will receive a short-sleeve cotton shirt.  Sizes were guaranteed if registered by March 17th.  The sizing for participants who registered on March 18th or later will be first come based on when you come to the Expo to pick up your packet. 

All participants who registered by March 17th will also get their name pre-printed on a custom bib.
 
Half Marathon & 5K - Post Race Services
Following the event, please join us inside the Blue Cross Arena for our post race celebration.  There will be a Post Race Party with plenty of goodies from Wegmans and Salvatores and Beet Lemonade from CoreLife Eatery!  All participants (with bib and of age) will receive a complimentary Labatt Premiere Extra Light Lager after you finish! Courtesy of Labatt!

There will be a live band playing and a free inflatable for the kids, provided by the Bayview YMCA!

Also, be sure to visit the Fleet Feet Sports Recovery Zone!  The Fleet Feet Sports Staff and local Massage Therapists and Chiropractors will be onsite inside the Blue Cross Arena. The Fleet Feet Sports Recovery Zone is FREE and a great opportunity for a post race massage.        
  
Half Marathon & 5K - Participant Photographs
We have partnered with Gameface Media and all participants will get free photo downloads after the race!  
 
Half Marathon - Course Time Limit
There is a 3 1/2 hour course limit for the Half Marathon (a 16:19 mile). If you are not keeping up to pace, you will be allowed to stay on the course, but may be asked to move to the side of the road or sidewalk, so traffic can resume. At this point, the course will no longer be supported by traffic control, Road Marshals, Water Stops or finish line. So please be sure to plan accordingly. 
   
Half Marathon - Aid Stations
T here are 6 Aid Stations approximately 2 miles apart. Aid Stations will have water and Gu Hydration Drink (no hydration drink drink at Water Stop #1).
 
     - Mile 2ish - Frontier Field
     - Mile 4ish - George Eastman House area
     - Mile 6ish - Goodman St by Rite Aid
     - Mile 8ish - As you enter Cemetery
     - Mile 10ish - As you exit Cemetery
     - Mile 11ish - On River Path, past newest pedestrian bridge
 
Gu Energy Gel will be available at Water Stop #3 (approx Mile 6 - Goodman St)
 
Porto Potties will be located at
     - Approximately the 5K mark
     - At Water Stop #3 (Mile 6ish - Goodman St)
     - Just before you enter the cemetery (approx 8 mile mark)
     - Around mile 11 by the U of R
 
Half Marathon - Pace Leaders 
Pace groups led by experienced pacers for a variety of times will be provided by Fleet Feet Sports. Run with experiences runners on a steady pace and meet your time goal. There is no need to sign up. Just look for the sign for the time you'd like to finish at the starting line. The Pacers will also be wearing Fleet Feet Sports Pace Leader shirts.  

1:40     Dan Deckman
1:45     Kevin Cavalieri
1:50     Josh Kramer
2:00     Chris Young & Ed Martin
2:15     Christine Gurski & Cheryl Giraulo
2:30     Sean Hendrick & Rachel Link
2:45     Cindi Shear
3:00     Heather Young

Half Marathon & 5K - Awards
There will be an awards ceremony announcing the top 5 overall winners of the Half Marathon at 10:00 am.  For Half Marathon Age Group Winners and 5K Overall & Age Group Winners, you can stop at the awards table once results have been posted to claim your award. Awards will only be available on race day until 11:00 am.  If you are unable to pick up your award on race day, they will be available for pick-up after the race at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory between May 3rd - May 14th. Awards cannot be mailed. For more information on the prize levels, please click here.

Half Marathon - Neighborhood Spirit Contest 
We will be holding our annual Neighborhood "Spirit Contest" during the Half Marathon.  The top two "most spirited" neighborhoods will win  $750 & $500 for 1st and 2nd place.  Monies will go towards a beautification project in that neighborhood. Last year's winners were the Highland Park and Susan B Anthony Neighborhoods.
 
The course has been split into 6 Zones where each zone has a leader from that neighborhood to get the neighborhood together to show support and spirit to the runners.  After the Half Marathon, we will be sending a survey to participants for you all to vote on who had the most spirit!  
 
Here are the Zones:
 
Zone 1 (Mile 1ish): Susan B Anthony Neighborhood from Canal Street @ West main through Madison Street.
 
Zone 2 (Mile 3-4 ish): East Avenue Neighborhood from East @ Alexander to East @ Brunswick.
 
Zone 3 (Mile 4.5 - 5.5ish): Park Ave Neighborhood from Park @ Argyle to Park @ Goodman.
 
Zone 4 (Mile 6.5ish): Swillburg Neighborhood from Goodman @ Pearl Street to Goodman at S. Clinton (at the Cinema).
 
Zone 5 (Mile 7ish): Highland Park Neighborhood from S. Goodman @ Crawford to the tip top of the hill at Pinetum before they turn down Doctors.
 
Zone 6 (Mile 10-11ish): The river path along Wilson Blvd at U of R. Starting from Elmwood to the old RR Track past the Track.  

Half Marathon & 5K - Road Closures
There will be some road closures & delays the morning of the race. We appreciate the efforts of the Rochester Police Department, who along with volunteer road marshals will do their very best to lessen the impact to the community while keeping the runners and walkers out of harm's way.    Click here for the traffic advisory
 
Kids Run Wild Races
Get the Kids in on the fun with our Kids Races!  
 
There will be a 1/4 mile option (6 yrs & under) and a 1/2 & 1 mile option (for 12 yrs & under).  Only one race per person. 
      
Registration is $10.00 pre-registered or $12.00 on the day of the race for the 1/2 mile or 1 mile option (1/4 Mile race is FREE).  
 
Registration Includes: 
  • All finishers receive a medal
  • Custom bib number
  • the 1/2 mile & 1 mile option are professionally timed
  • As always, our 1/4 mile race for kids 6 & under is free. Finisher medals will be awarded.
Kids Race Start Times:
  • 1/4 Mile Race:   10:30 am
  • 1/2 Mile Race:   10:35 am
  • 1 Mile Race:      10:45 am
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