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 22nd
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
Half Marathon & 5K - Course Maps
Wegmans Family 5K Course Map can be found
Rochester Regional Health Flower City Half Marathon course map can be found
Half Marathon - Participant Shirts, Bibs & Medals
All participants of the Half Marathon will receive a gender-specific, long-sleeve, 1/4 zip technical shirt. Sizes were guaranteed if registered by March 15th. The sizing for participants who registered on March 16th 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 15th 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 15th. The sizing for participants who registered on March 16th 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 15th 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
Flash Frame will be at the 5K & Half Marathon to take photos of participants that will be available to purchase 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. The finish line will close at 11:00 am sharp.
Half Marathon - Aid Stations
There are 6 Aid Stations approximately 2 miles apart. Aid Stations will have water and Gu Hydration Drink (no hydration 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 Joe Haung
1:45 Greg Bello
1:50 Nick Vermeulen
2:00 Chris Young & David Benoit
2:15 Christine Gurski & Ed Martin
2:30 Cindi Shear
2:45 Jennifer Gaudino
Half Marathon & 5K - Awards
There will not be an awards ceremony on race day. Overall Winners & Age Group Winners 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. Awards will also be available for pick-up after the race at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory between April 25th - May 9th. Awards will not be mailed.
For more information on the prize levels, please
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