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Polar Cats Winter 5K Series

Sat December 2 - Mon March 11 Rochester, NY 14607 US Directions


Polar Cats 5K Race Series- All Races

12/02 - 03/11 10:00AM EST - 12:00PM EDT

Polar Cats 5K #1: Jinglin All The Way

12/02 10:00AM EST - 12:00PM EST

Polar Cats 5K #2: Seneca Park

01/07 11:00AM EST - 12:00PM EST

Polar Cats 5K #3: Mendon Ponds

02/11 11:00AM EST - 12:00PM EST

Polar Cats 5K #4: Gates- TSE

03/03 11:00AM EST - 12:00PM EST


1387 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY US 14607


RACE #4- Gates- TSE Total Sports Experience- 880 Elmgrove Rd, Rochester, NY 14624

3/3- 11 AM Start

PACKET PICKUP @ ROCHESTER RUNNING COMPANY SATURDAY 3/2 from 11-4 or at the race 9:30- 11 AM.

This will be a certified 5K but looped course and we will make it fun with some on course music to keep you going!

After race we will have a post race party and series awards.

Don't let the cold weather stop you, come run in the return of the Polar Cats Winter Race Series!

This year we have a series of 5k road races at various locations around Rochester. Originally created by Bill Kehoe in the '90s and brought back in 2020 before... we are back with 4 races.

This series is designed to be low-cost and keep you active over the winter months. You can sign up for each race individually or all as a series!


PACKET PICKUP @ ROCHESTER RUNNING COMPANY SATURDAY 2/10 from 11-4 or at the race 9:30- 11 AM.

You can keep the bib from Race 2 for races 2-4 if you are signed up for the series.  If you forget your bib or lose your bib, we can always assign a new one but if it makes it easier for you, you can reuse the race #2 bib.  Please do not re-use the race #1 bib.

If you signed up for the series, your series sweatpants are available at Rochester Running Company anytime. Or you can pick them up at packet pickup for race #3. 

RACE #3 Course:

Hopkins Point Lodge

Hopkins Point Rd is closed in the winter so do not use this entrance to the park. Enter the park at either Canfield or Pond Rd. 

Parking is available at the Hopkins Point parking lots or along Hopkins Point Rd. 

The lodge is reserved at Hopkins Point for the day. Race will start at 11 am




Polar Cats Sweatpants (option to upgrade to a pair of Vuori Joggers if you really wanna get fancy)

Race t-shirt for Jinglin All the Way 5K, Race #1, in Leroy

Registration for all 4 races

Refreshments after all races

Chance to win age group prizes at each race

Chance to win series prizes


Packet pickup will be:
The day before the race @ Rochester Running Company from 11AM - 4PM
Race Day @ Race location 1-hour prior to race


There will be winners of each race as well as series winners for those who signed up for all 4! Prizes will be awarded to top three male and female runners as well as age group winners for each race and the series as a whole.


Traditionally, these races have been held on weeks opposite of the Freezeroo Series so runners could compete in both and we kept that this year. Sign up for those GRTC races here:


There will be 4- 5k races in this series, the dates are:

Saturday 12/2/23- Leroy- Jinglin All the Way Festive 5k run or walk  10 AM

Sunday 1/7/24: Seneca Park - Wegman Building 11 AM

Sunday 2/11/24: Mendon Ponds 11 AM

Sunday 3/3/24: Gates 11 AM

More details on each location forthcoming

This year we are partnering with the Annual Jinglin' All the Way Festive 5K in Leroy NY!  RACE 1 DETAILS- FOLLOW THIS LINK!

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