Sat October 17, 2020 Canandaigua, NY 14424 US Directions
1200' incline in the first mile- then it's all down hill!

7:45am Wave

7:45AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

8AM Wave

8:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

8:15AM Wave

8:15AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT


8:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

8:45AM Wave

8:45AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

9AM Wave

9:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

9:15AM Wave

9:15AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

9:30AM Wave

9:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
Bristol Mountain Resort
5662 NY-64
Canandaigua, NY US 14424

It's time to "elevate" your GAME or better said, it's time "elevate" your GAIN! Willow Running is super stoked to offer the ultimate 5K challenge. Imagine a 1200' vertical rise all in the first mile. Yikes! Certainly not an event for your casual athlete but if you are one that likes to challenge yourself please join us for the Toughest 5K between the ADKS and the Rockies. If "PAIN is weakness leaving the body", then you will be completely "WEAKNESS" free at the end of the first mile! The Good News- it's all down hill from there.

The goal is to finish the Toughest 5K trek in less than 60 minutes to receive the Bronze medal. If you are able to complete the course in under 45 minutes we will present  you with the Silver Medal. Some have claimed that they can complete the 5K course in 30 minutes or less, have at it and good luck. We have reserved the Gold medal for that incredible feat. We will also have finisher medals for all who complete the course in over 1 hour because just completing the course is medal worthy. 

The Toughest 5K event will take place at Bristol Mountain Resort in Canadaigua, NY on Saturday, October 17, 2020. A great time of year for fall foliage and touring the local area wineries and craft beer sites. The event will be offered in waves of 50 or fewer participants starting at 7:45am, with the last wave going off at 9:45am. 

Here is a link to the course map To "Hill" and Back

Limited to 300 total participants. Finisher medals will be delivered post event.


Before you come to the event... 

  • Know the time your wave starts
  • Leave ample time to pick up bib & swag before your start (and put it in your car)
  • Bring your own hydration liquids and sanitizing wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Try to use a bathroom facility before you arrive

What to do when you get to the site…

  • Arrive  20-30 minutes before the start time you signed up for
  • Park in the designated area. There will be attendants directing you. There are restrooms in the lodge
  • Wait at your car until 15 minutes prior to your start time. Please stretch and hydrate at your car.
  • 15 minutes before your start make your way to the PPU area adjacent to the parking area

At the Packet Pick Up area…

  • Please wear a face covering
  • Get to PPU area not sooner than 15 min. prior to your start time.
  • You will get your BIB (do not forget to grab some pins) and your swag.
  • After you have your swag, drop it off at your car and pin on your bib (on the front)

At the start line…

  • Make your way to the start line just before the start time.
  • Please wear a face covering and social distance until the race begins.
  • Once you start running and are apart from other runners you can remove your face covering

During the race…

  • There will be 1 hydration stations with drinks poured. We ask that you help yourself to a cup. Garbage cans will be placed shortly after the stops. 
  • We suggest wearing a hydration belt or carrying water with you.
    If you are walking, please maintain a 6’ social distance with any other walkers or wear a face covering.

At the finish line...

  • Yay! you finished
  • Get your finisher medal!
  • Please maintain a social distance
  • Unfortunately, we must ask that you do not hang out post-race. The next wave of runners will be arriving behind you.
  • Teamwork makes the dream work!

All participants receive a shirt and finisher medal.

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