Pumpkins in the Park 5K & Kids 1/2 Mile

Date: October 26, 2024

Length: 5K plus Kids 1/2 Mile

Start Time: 9:00am

Location: Cobbs Hill Park (map)

Pumpkins In The Park 5K & Kids 1/2 Mile
Cobb's Hill Park | 100 Norris Drive | Rochester, NY
Saturday, October 26th
5K @ 9:00am | Kids 1/2 Mile @ 10:00am

A Family-Friendly Halloween-Themed Event

Get those Halloween Costumes Ready!

Run or Walk through Cobbs Hill Area! 
This long-standing Halloween tradition has been a festive family friendly event!  The 5K offers a view of the stunning cityscape from one of the highest points of Rochester.  The Kids 1/2 Mile (for kids ages 4-12) is an absolute blast running around the fields of Cobbs Hill.


This event is part of the 9-Race Fleet Feet Grand Prix Series Presented by HOKA.  Eligible participants compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes and HOKA footwear throughout the series. No registration necessary. 






Offering In-Person and Virtual option

In-Person Entry Includes:

  • Long sleeve cotton t-shirt with 5K entry - Must register by Oct 7th to guarantee a shirt. (Additional fee with Kids 1/2 Mile Race)
  • Custom Pumpkins in the Park Bib Number
  • RFID timing w/ live online results and text/email notification of your results (must opt in to receive)
  • Overall and Age Group Awards
  • Post Race Treats
  • Fun, scenic USATF Certified 5k course through the Cobbs Hill Neighborhood and the best view of downtown
  • Finisher medal to all finishers
  • Kids Racers get a Halloween candy bag at the finish line and a pumpkin (if the pumpkin crops come in well)

Virtual Entry Includes:

  • Long sleeve cotton t-shirt with 5K entry  - Must register by Oct 7th to guarantee a shirt. (Additional fee with Kids 1/2 Mile Race)
  • Online Results
  • Finisher medal to all registrants
  • Digital Bib
  • Digital/Printable Finishers Certificate
  • Shipping for your shirt/medal (within the US)

    *The virtual is YOUR race! Choose your favorite route and run/walk it on your time! 
    Submit your results any time between 9am, October 26 - 11:59pm, November 3.

By registering for this event you are acknowledging that the date, time, location, and distance of the race may be changed, switched to virtual, or canceled at any time as deemed necessary by the Race Directors due to circumstances beyond their control. In the event that any of these scenarios happens or any other scenario, there will be no refunds, transfers, or deferrals allowed unless otherwise stated.


Must register by October 7th to guarantee a shirt.  Shirt is $10 additional fee for the Kids 1/2 Mile.
Please Note: Design & Color Subject to Change 



Participants registered for the in-person event receive a chipped event bib & medal!

Registration/Packet Pickup

Registration Fees

    Now - July 31st  August 1st - October 13th    October 14th - October 25th (at 5:45PM) 
In Person 5K  $30 $35 $40
    Now - October 13th
October 14th - October 25th (at 5:45PM)
In Person Kids 1/2 Mile   $12 $15
      Now - October 21st
Virtual 5K     $30

Packet Pick-up

  • Friday, October 25th from 10am-6pm at Fleet Feet @ The Armory: 155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620.  
  • Race Day - Saturday, October 26th from 8am - 8:55AM at Cobbs Hill Park (UNDER THE WHITE TENT).  

    It is NOT ADVISED to wait until race day to get your packet.

Virtual Participants will have their items mailed the week after the event, however are welcome to come to packet pickup so they have their items for their race day.


This event is part of the 9-Race Fleet Feet Grand Prix Series Presented by HOKA.  Eligible participants compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes and HOKA footwear throughout the series. No registration necessary. 

5K Awards

Top 3 Male & Female - Cash Prizes ($125, $75, $50)
Top 3 in 5 year age groups (14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45--49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 76-79, 80+) - we do not double dip

Cash Prize Winners Must supply provided 1099 document back to race directors within the timeframe requested and we will send you a check to the address on the 1099

Kids Races do not have awards, but all children receive a medal

Race Day Schedule

8:00am TO 8:55AM - Packet Pickup IS OPEN
9:00am - 5K Race Starts
10:00am - 1/2 Mile Kids Race Start

10:15am - Awards Ceremony at Tent



The start is on Norris Drive outside Riley Lodge.  The course meanders around the Cobbs Hill neighborhood, up the Reservoir, then back down towards Monroe Ave and Culver Rd.  The course has hills, but ends on a nice downhill onto the grass finish line.  The finish is on the grass next to the softball fields along Culver Rd. 

Kids Course Description
The kids race will be on the grass by the softball fields and will be a single 1/2 mile loop done once.  The kids races will use the same finish as the 5K.  We ask that parents DO NOT run with their children as the course is not big enough to accomodate children and parents/guardians.  Our priority is the safety of the children and their ability to have a non obstructed or congested course.  Parents/Gaurdians may run in the middle of the course but can not run on the course


From east or west - Take 490 to Culver Rd. Exit. Head South on Culver Rd. Turn left onto Norris Dr. Riley Lodge is on the left, next to Riley Lake. 

There is limited parking available at Riley Lodge, but plenty of parking in the Cobbs Hill area, including Norris Dr, the Tennis Courts Lot as well as street parking in the adjoining neighborhoods depending on what time you arrive.  Norris Dr. will be closing at 8:15am for course set up.

Parking is available in the Armory lot BUT it is limited and parking is only allowed in the back of the lot!