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2024 Rochester River Run/Walk 5K

Sun April 21, 2024 Rochester, NY 14620 US


In-Person 5k Race (Includes Shirt)

8:30AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
Open to ages 5 - 99.

Virtual 5k (No Shirt)

Open to ages 5 - 99.


The 2024 Rochester River Run Returns to Genesee Valley Park on Sunday, April 21!

You can run or walk in-person or participate virtually from any location you choose. Simply pre-register for your preferred participation level using the options above.

In-Person Race
  • Registration increases to $40 at 12:00 a.m. day-of race on Sunday, April 21.
  • Attendees who register by April 1 will be able to pick-up race packets in advance; race packets for registrations received after April 1 will only be available for pick-up the day of the event. 
  • Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a race shirt!
    (size quantities are limited to first come–first serve)
  • Day-of race registration fees are payable via credit card only.
  • Cash will only be accepted for donations and merchandise.
  • Children are welcome to attend this family-friendly event.

Remember to pre-register by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 20 to receive the pre-registration rate of $35!

Virtual Challenge
  • Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.
  • Virtual Challenge registration does not include a race shirt.
  • Please view our Virtual Event Info page for participation instructions.

Why We Run (or Walk)

Your support and participation in the Rochester River Run will help hundreds of patients who come to Strong for heart, liver, kidney or pancreas transplant, and are often in need of financial assistance while awaiting and recovering from transplant surgery.

All proceeds from the Rochester River Run go toward helping our patients pay for incidental costs associated with the lifelong care transplant necessitates, such as life-saving medications and travel expenses. In addition to costly medical treatment, the need to travel – for some a great distance – adds financial strain on patients and their families.

The Rochester River Run/Walk 5K is an annual event sponsored by Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital and the hospital’s transplant teams. Learn more about our transplant programs at

Race Course

Our 5k Race Course is certified by USATF #NY15140KL

Download the Race Course PDF below:

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Race Packet Pickup

Friday, April 19

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friends of Strong Office | Suite 1-1230
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-2420


Saturday, April 20

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Medved Running and Walking Outfitters
3400 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 248-3420


Sunday, April 21

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Genesee Valley Park Roundhouse Shelter
514 Intercampus Dr.
Rochester, NY 14620
See parking directions below

Event Schedule

08:30 a.m.
On-Site Registration thru 9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Start for Runners
10:35 a.m.
Start for Walkers
11:30 a.m.
Awards Ceremony & Basket Winners Announced
11:45 a.m.
Transplant Commemoration Ceremony

Parking Directions

Free parking is available in the 'Park Lot' on the University of Rochester Campus

Attendants and signage will be on hand to direct you to the "Park Lot" (Zone 3 South) located at 514 Intercampus Dr., Rochester, NY 14620.


We Proudly Recognize:
  • Top male and top female overall 5K run in-person finishers
  • Top male and female in-person runners in each age group
    (18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+)

Race Contact Info

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