Lilac Run 5K, 10K & Dunkin' Dash

Fri May 7 - Sun May 23, 2021 Rochester, NY 14620 US
Covid-19 Race Modifications

For our 2021 Live Event, your entire race experience will have changes put into place compared to how things were conducted in the past that adhere with Covid safe guidelines so that everyone can have a fun and safe event experience!

Here is a summary of those changes:

  1. Race Staff and Volunteers will wear face masks.
  2. Athletes must wear face masks or face coverings when not racing including pre-race, start lineup and post-finish.
  3. No mass starts, athletes will select their start corral/time when registering. Each corral will be limited to 50 athletes (more details below).
  4. No onsite paper-based registration.  All registrations or changes will be handled ONLINE only.
  5. Most touch points have been significantly reduced (more details below).
  6. Additional hand cleaning / sanitation stations will be located throughout the venue.

Not everyone should race Live!  We encourage folks to instead register for our Virtual Event from the start or if there is a race week situation that comes up, to email us and request a switch to the Virtual Event or to request a Deferral to our 2022 Event. Now, more than ever, if you do not feel well and think that you might be sick (head cold, seasonal flu, COVID-19, etc) please DO NOT COME ON RACE WEEKEND.

Your safety and the safety of the volunteers is important and the race protocols and procedures being put into place comply with CDC guidance. Operationally, we've referred to a national set of 'best practices' shared with other Race Directors and been personally involved with Live Events "Post-Pandemic" of up to 1,000 Finishers including those sized events in New York State. Together with your active participation in complying with these requests/changes we will have a successful and safe event for all!


1. Pre-Race Packet Pickup (Wednesday, May 19th through Saturday, May 22nd) - MedVed Running & Walking Outfitter

  • Time: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 7 pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • There will be NO DAY OF packet pick up.  All packets must be picked up at Medved Running & Walking Outfitters during the pre-race packet pick up times!
  • Participants will be required to wear face masks.
  • Participants will be required to follow social distancing and queue up spaced 6' apart.
  • Volunteers will wear face masks and will be handing out bibs, shirts and finisher medal (to be worn post race!) in a prepared packet.

2. Race Day Parking - There will be ample parking throughout Genesee Valley Park along park streets, shelter lots and other private lots.

  • Participants and volunteers will park orderly and safely in designated parking areas [details will be published later]
  • Upon exiting vehicle, face masks/coverings will be required

3. Pre-Race / Before You Start

  • Do not show up more than 20 minutes before your wave starts!
  • Port-o-Potties will be available and spaced out. They will have hand sanitizer inside of them as well as sanitizing wipes. Please practice social distancing when queuing up to use them.
  • Sanitizing stations will be available in the area of start / finish etc.
  • Face masks or face coverings are REQUIRED!

4. Start Line / Starting Procedures

  • There will be no mass start!
  • NO SPECTATORS are allowed at the start line!!!
  • Participants, upon registration, select their desired starting corral/time. At this time our first corral is at 7:30am ET and our last corral is at 11:10am ET.
  • The registration platform will prevent participants from picking a corral if it is full or if your expected finish time is too long. Bottom line is that our Start Line will be OPEN for ~2 hours for each race!
  • Participants will line up based on their assigned corral.  We kindly request only the corral getting underway be in the corral lineup and the NEXT one may socially distanced assemble in our "holding area".
  • Start corral will be roughly 18ft wide by 100ft long. This will represent a 3 athlete wide by 16 athlete deep configuration.
  • "Time Trial" start --- Athletes will start three at a time and every 10 seconds.
  • Participants must wear face masks / coverings prior to starting and must wait until they are next in line to start and can remove their mask.

5. On Course Expectations:

  • Athletes must carry their face masks/coverings with them.
  • No spitting or snot rockets please.
  • Follow the designated race route and any direction/requests provided by our Law Enforcement partners or volunteers.
  • Spectators are allowed to spread out on the course

6. On Course Aid Stations

  • Volunteers will be wearing face masks
  • Volunteers will be posted at the aid stations to "monitor" them and assist you in filling your own hydration bottle that you brought to the event.  There will be no direct handing out water or cups available
  • When arriving at an aid station, unscrew the cap to your bottle and the volunteer can help you refill it.
  • Participants are encouraged to be self-supported and carry your own hydration and nutrition.

7. Finishing / Finish Line Procedures

  • The start and finish line are both in Genesee Valley Park but in different locations.
  • NO SPECTATORS are allowed at the finish line!!!
  • Upon crossing finish, please don your face mask / covering as soon as possible. If you lost yours, one will be provided to you.
  • Finisher hydration will also be placed on a table and available to you.
  • Please clear the finish chute and maintain social distancing protocols and continue forward to post-race refreshments and not gather to the maximum extent possible

8. Post-Race

  • Post-Race Refreshments and Hydration will be limited to "To Go" types of items including BioSteel Hydration Water. Prepared bags will be provided.
  • NO PAPER RESULTS will be provided, all results will be posted online.
  • Due to the nature of the event, there will be no award ceremony at the event.  Awards will be mailed out the following week.
  • Face masks / coverings are required.
  • Please practice social distancing.
  • Sanitizing stations will be available in the area of start / finish etc.
  • For this year, we will be encouraging our athletes to return to their vehicles and leave the venue as soon as they can. We look forward to a more fun gathering post-race experience in 2022!!

9. Dunkin' Dash

  • Will take place at Genesee Valley Park at the kickball fields (this event is all on grass)
  • For the course participants will zig zag through the field and be greeted by Sprinkles or Cuppy, the Dunkin' Mascot.  There they will get their $5 gift card to Dunkin' and continue running to the finish line.  
  • Participants will receive a Dunkin' Dash t-shirt and $5 Dunkin' gift card.  
  • Event begins at noon on Sunday, May 23rd and waves of 50 people will go off every 10 minutes.  
  • T-shirt pick up will take place during the pre-packet pick up times stated above at Medved Running & Walking Outfitters.
  • Participants are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • If it is safe to have donuts back at the event come May they will be there.

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