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Obatron Productions' exercise arm, Obatron Fitness, is proud to offer the fourth year of our race series, West of the River Series! Enter the whole series or choose individual races. Walker and mobility-impaired friendly. Diet sensitive. Training available.
Keep scrolling for an overview of options and more information! If you're on a phone, that might take a bit. When you're ready to register, click the grouping for what you want to go only to those options (Individual Races, Series, Races Including Training). Otherwise, click the "Race Info" tab to see all options at once.
You can choose to run 1, 2, 3, or all 4 quarters of a marathon (6.55 to 26.2 miles) for Barbecue Bash Quarters (BBQ), formerly Barbecue Bash Half. What's more is that you can adjust down during the race if you need to, so if you started out with the idea of getting a marathon done and it's just not in the cards that day, you will not DNF your race; instead, you'll be bumped down to the last quarter you did finish. On the flipside, you can't decide to upgrade while on the course; that has to be done by the end of packet pick-up on race day so you can pay the appropriate difference in cost and so that Hourglass Works can re-map your timing chip attached to your bib.
June Jaunt, 5K
Race Date/Time/Location: Sunday, June 18 (Father's Day), 8:45 a.m. (an hour earlier than 2022) at Studio 22, 67 Old Hojack Lane, Hilton, New York 14468.
Shirt Cutoff: Register on or before June 1, 2023
Cutoff Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (8:45 am. to 10 a.m.) with a pace of 24:12 per mile or faster
Day 1: June 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Greece Canal Park, Millennium Lodge Parking Lot (RD's Car or Picnic Table, depending on weather); only for those registered by 4 p.m. on June 15
Day 2: June 18, 8:00-8:30 a.m. @ Studio 22
The Potato Run, 10K
Race Date/Time/Location: Sunday, September 10, 8:30 a.m. at Greece Canal Park (GCP), Towpath Shelter (near the Canal Path) 241 Elmgrove Rd., Rochester, NY 14626
Shirt Cutoff: Register on or before August 23, 2023
Cutoff Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.) with a pace of 21:46 per mile or faster
Day 1: Cancelled
Day 2: RACE DAY! September 10, 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., GCP, Towpath Shelter
Barbecue Bash Quarters, 1/4, 2/4 (Half Marathon), 3/4, or 4/4 (Full) Marathon
Race Date/Time/Location: Sunday, November 5 (Daylight Savings Time Ends), All start at 7:30 a.m. at Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum (SD&CM), 16 East Ave, Spencerport, NY 14559
Shirt Cutoff: Register on or before October 17, 2023
Cutoff Time: 7 hours (7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) for all options. 1 Quarter Pace: 1:04:07; 2 Quarters Pace: 32:04; 3 Quarters Pace: 21:22; 4 Quarters Pace: 16:02
Day 1: November 4, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., SD&CM, Top Floor; Updated: We'll have everyone's bibs who have registered before 10 p.m., 11/3, in their bags. Due to the way we've structured bib assignments, anyone registering after that will have to wait until race day to get their packets as the bibs will not be in them.
Day 2: November 5, 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., SD&CM, Top Floor
Race Gift Giveaways: Again, this year we are giving away shirts with entries. The sizing cutoffs are June 4, August 21, and October 17, respectively. If you miss the shirt cutoff, if time and supplies allow, you will be given a substitute race gift. Due to the high cost of shirt production, we do not order extras at this time. If you check in on-site after the race is over, we may have shirts from people who don't show up.
Registration for or upgrading to the whole series should be done before June 18. If you do all three races, but do not register for the series, we cannot guarantee you will get the gift due to administrative logistics of tracking participants.
When you register for the series, there's only one spot for choosing a giveaway cut/size, so that will be applicable only to the first race, June Jaunt. You will see questions for your cut/size preference for the other two races in a separate question section along with other registration questions to help us shape the race. When it's closer to the race time, the RD will transfer you to each individual race. If you miss the giveaway cutoff, you are not guaranteed a shirt for June Jaunt. If time and supplies allow, those who miss the shirt may be given a substitute race gift.
You might have surmised there is an emphasis on food! I grew up hungry until I could earn money myself to buy food, and while my company, Obatron Fitness, isn't a non-profit, each race will include three charitable components: 1) fundraising drive via registration for each host town's food program for those in need; 2) a food drive for the same organization on race day; and 3) a portion of proceeds after expenses are covered will be donated to the organization.
Discount Offers & Referrals
Entering the series rather than individual races gets you pricing equal to or less than the total of the individual race fees (depending upon when you register), a lower RunSignUp fee than the sum of the fees when registering separately, and a series gift. The training offered through the series registration page is at a much reduced price from when we train folks for races other than our own. If you are a member of GRTC or Obatron Race Team, you get a discount at checkout for that. Additionally, you may earn back some of your registration by having other racers use your personal referral link, generated after you register. See the "Referrals" section for more information.
Awards & Raffles
We provide modest awards for the first-place finishers in each gender designation for overall placements and in age groups (AG). Our age group awards are meant to be fun tokens of acknowledgement and in the spirit of the races. We've had keychains, seasonings, and phone holders, among other prizes, in the past. Winners Race Prizes or Raffles must be present or have someone as their proxy to claim their awards at the race day presentation or they are forfeited, likely being raffled off to volunteers at the end. There will be a modest prize for the series winner sent December or later, after the whole series concludes.
We will post additional details as they occur. Any changes will be updated here, on the Obatron Fitness Facebook page, in our Facebook group, and communicated through RunSignUp messaging. Please note, as the pandemic has proven, life is unpredictable! It is possible that changes in time and location could occur for reasons beyond our control. Keep an eye on your email for race communications to ensure you know all you need to know about the race(s).
Race trainees meet at Greece Canal Park (241 Elmgrove Rd., Rochester, NY 14626) on Saturdays at the Millennium Lodge parking lot at 7:30 a.m. (8 a.m. when it's too dark at 7:30) and Tuesdays/Thursdays at or near Towpath Shelter's parking lot at 6 p.m. (nearby when it's too dark in the fall). There are some dates where group trainings will not occur.
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June Jaunt - 6/16
The Potato Run - 9/8*
Barbecue Bash Quarters - 11/3
June Jaunt - 6/15
The Potato Run - 9/7*
Barbecue Bash Quarters - 11/2
June Jaunt - 6/21
The Potato Run - 9/13*
Barbecue Bash Quarters - 11/1
*May revert back to the Sunday before Labor Day. Decision to be determined after 2023's race.
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