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8 States for "Maz"

Sun April 23 - Wed June 14 Rochester, NY 14614 US Directions



8 States for "Maz" 
Sunday, June 11th | 12PM at Genesee Valley Park

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A 3 Mile CommUnity Run/Walk from Genesee Valley Park to Halls of Justice Courtyard (99 Exchange Street) in procession behind Retired RPD Sergeant, Brett Sobieraski for his final 3 miles of his final Marathon.

Let's Explain ....

Officer Anthony “Maz” Mazurkiewicz of the Rochester Police Department was killed in the line of duty on July 21st, 2022. At the time of his death, he was assigned to the elite Tactical Unit that has the number designator of “8”. Maz is survived by his wife Lynn, 4 children, 3 grandchildren, his parents, a sister and brother. He served 29 years with the RPD and was looking forward to his retirement.
Brett Sobieraski is honoring Mazurkiewicz's sacrifice & raising money for his family by running through 8 states & finishing here in Rochester.  Sobieraski served with law enforcement for more than 30 years, including as a sergeant and SWAT leader for the Rochester PD.  He is also and author & has written a book about his experiences as an ultra-endurance athlete. Brett has utilized his grit and determination to finish extreme challenges, such as swimming across Lake Ontario, running 175 miles along the Erie Canal, and completing the 135-mile Badwater in California’s Death Valley.
Sobieraski is now is looking to complete 1247 miles in honor of Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz, "Starting on April 23rd, I will begin running a marathon (26.2 miles) a day, EVERY DAY, starting in Florida through 8 states finishing at the Fallen Officer Memorial in Rochester, NY on June 11th. A total distance of 1247 miles will be run. The mission of “8 States for Maz” is to honor his sacrifice and raise money for his family. The goal is to raise $100,000 and all money raised will be turned over to Lynn Mazurkiewicz. Our duty is to remember the sacrifices of the fallen and show them, and their families, that we are forever grateful."
We invite you to run or walk the final 3 miles with Brett to finish his journey.  We will all be behind Brett as he guides us to the Hall of Justice Plaza for a Welcome Home Celebration.  This is open to anyone, so please feel free to bring family & friends!
In addition to donations and support, if you are unable to run/walk starting at noon please join us at the finish on June 11th at 1:00 pm at the Halls of Justice courtyard, 99 Exchange Blvd. The Mazurkiewicz family will be attending & would love the support of our loving community!

The Final 3 Miles Details

Reminder: This is NOT A RACE.  Run or Walk, whichever you’d like, as long as everyone stays behind Brett.  As the creator of this and after his incredible daily marathon effort, Brett will be the leader guiding all of us in to the finish.  Plus he wants to greet all of you in.  His pace has been 9-10 minute mile.  So Please DO NOT go ahead of Brett.  We will follow behind as a procession.

Schedule of Events:

  • 11:45AM (ish) - Brett Arrives to Start Area at GVP
  • 12:00PM - Brett leads the procession towards his final 3 Miles to the Hall of Justice Plaza to meet the Mazurkiewicz Family
  • 12:25PM - 1:10PM Arrive at Hall of Justice Plaza, relax, take in the plaza, eat Donated Pizza from Salvatore's, await the final Welcome Home Ceremony
  • 1:12PM - Welcome Home Ceremony Begins
  • 1:15PM - 2:30PM - Complimentary Bus Shuttles to U of R Lot Zone 3
The Start Details

We will start the CommUnity Run/Walk at 12PM (ish), barring no issues with Brett's first 23.2 Miles that day.  Please arrive to start area by 11:30AM so you are prepared and see his arrival.

The start is located at Genesee Valley Park just north of Elmwood Road from where Genesee Waterways (149 Elmwood Avenue) is located.  We will be on the WEST side of the River.  If you are familiar with the RUN585 Series, the start is where that start is.  A map is denoted below of where the start is located.  It's off a tiny street called S Plymouth Ext between Elmwood and Staybridge Hotel.

The goal, as long as that daily marathon goes as planned, is for Brett to meet us at the park by 11:45AM.  He will say a few words.  And at 12PM – his final 3 miles will begin will all of us proceeding behind him like an incredibly powerful ceremonial procession.

The route is 3 miles and can be viewed here

Below is a depiction of where the start of the CommUnity Run/Walk will commence

Below is the visual route of the Final 3 Miles from GVP to the Hall of Justice Plaza

The Finish Details

The finish is located at the Hall of Justice Plaza at the corner of Exchange and Court Street in Downtown Rochester.  Here you will venture up to the final steps of the plaza through a big finish arch where the celebration and recognition begins.  Brett will be there cheering you all in.  Honor Guards will be present at the RPD, MCSO and RFD Memorials that represent all the fallen of those departments.  The music will be joyous.  Delicious pizza will be served courtesy of Salvatore’s Pizza.  Then at 1:12PM an absolutely beautiful Coming Home Ceremony will begin recognizing Brett and his efforts while honoring several special guests including the Mazurkiewicz Family, The Pierson Family and the Sang Family.  We do hope you will all stay for this very special appreciation observance. This acknowledgement is all the participant’s way of saying Thank You to the Fallen and their families and that we value you.


If you plan on doing the run/walk, parking is available by the start at the U of R Zone 3 Lot, Genesee Valley Park and limited at Genesee Waterways Center

If you plan on coming as a spectator or the finish celebration, parking is available downtown at the lot on Exchange across from the Public Safety Building.  You may want to get there via Court as Exchange will be closed for the participants from about 12PM to 1:10PM

There is limited parking off S. Plymouth Street Extension, where the actual start will take place.

To get to Zone 3 South (former Park Lot) by car from the Medical Center:

  • (1) Head south on Elmwood Avenue and take a right onto Wilson Boulevard to enter the River Campus.
  • (2) Take your first right (before the information booth) onto Trustee Road.
  • (3) Take another right onto Intercampus Drive.
  • (4) Drive across the bridge over Elmwood Avenue.
  • (5) Zone 3 South will be to the right. 


Complimentary Shuttle Buses

If you parked near the start, free shuttle buses will be starting near the finish on Court Street from 1:15AM to 2:30PM back to Lot Zone 3 at U of R.

8 States for "Maz" Shirts Pickup & Shipping Update as of 6/7/23

Shirt Pickup and Shipping Update as of 6/7/23

We would love to see a sea of these tees along the streets to the finish, come to shirt pickup

We have added two full days to pick up your tee at Fleet Feet prior to Sunday. 

We STRONGLY encourage getting your tees then versus waiting until Sunday.  Others can get your tee for you.

Fleet Feet will donate 8% of all in Store Sales at Fleet Feet @ The Armory on Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th to 8 States for Maz!
Shirt Pickup/Shipping
  • Thursday, June 8th from 10AM-6PM at Fleet Feet @ The Armory (155 Culver Rd):Others can get your tee for you
  • Friday, June 9th from 10AM-6PM at Fleet Feet @ The Armory (155 Culver Rd): Others can get your tee for you
  • Sunday, June 11th before the event at the Starting Area at GVP, then again at the end of the event at the Finish Area at the Hall of Justice Plaza.  We do not encourage waiting until Event day... if you can please come Thursday or Friday - again others can get your tee(s) for you on those days.

If you purchased shipping and choose to pickup on Thursday, Friday or event day (not encourage for event day) vs wait for the tee to be shipped, we will gladly refund the shipping fee at pickup or it can become a donation.

Any remaining that have the shipping fee purchased already will be shipped on Monday, June 12th.

Virtual Challenge

Participate in this challenge virtually by running or walking 26 minutes 20 seconds each day from April 23rd-June11th as your own daily symbolic marathons.  That’s just 50 Days.  You can do this!
Log your "marathon" each day in your virtual results on your RunSignUp account and earn state badges as your progress "towards" Rochester with Brett through 8 states as he makes his way back.  
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York


99 Exchange Street
Rochester, NY US 14614

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