ROCtoberfest 5K

Date: October 20, 2018

Length: 5K

Start Time: 10:00am

Location: Genesee Valley Park (map)

What is ROCtoberfest?

Octoberfest is the big party in September, ROCtoberfest is a party, 5K and fundraising opportunity for local charities in October.  In previous years the Photo Finish 5K hosted this style fundraising, in their decision to no longer host the event we want to keep that legacy and keep the fundraising going plus celebrate Rochester!

Grab your running shoes and lederhosen and celebrate the German way with our first ever ROCtoberfest 5K! Join us at Genesee Valley Park for a fun festival kicked off by the 5K run/walk that also will serve as a fundraising event for local charities.  Let's celebrate Rochester and all the charities in it. After the race ends the party starts! Food trucks, beer garden, live music, and more! If you have friends or family who would prefer to skip the race, but come for the festival, we will have tickets available for that as well! Register today to join the ROCtoberfest fun!!  Enjoy Live Music, Beer Garden and Helping Raise Money for Local Rochester Charities!

2018 Participant Guide with all the details for the event can be found here!



  • Chip Timing
  • Results posted online
  • Post- Race food and live music 
  • Finisher Medals
  • Short Sleeve Cotton Shirts available for $10, orders must be placed by September 30. (Deadline has passed!)
  • Finish line video integrated into the results in the following week
  • Live text and email results as you finish


Calling all charities!!  This event has a unique fundraising option where participants can select the nonprofit organization of their choice, form a team, and raise funds to support their favorite charity. Anyone can give to the charity of their choice either as a participant or as a donor or as a Team Captain!

Fundraising pages that raise $1,000 or more will have a designated spot at the event to set up a booth to share more information about their organization!

Donate/Fundraise HERE!  

Registration/Packet Pickup

 Event   Aug 7th ONLY   Aug 8 -  October 5   October 6 - October 19
 October 20 
5K $20 $25 $30 $35
 Post-Race Party Only  $20

Registration opens Aug 7th at midnight at a special one day $20 rate.  Rate increases Aug 8th at midnight.

Short Sleeve Cotton Shirts available for additional $10, advanced purchase only by 9/30/18.

  • Thurs Oct 18th and Fri Oct 19th from 10am-7pm at both Fleet Feet locations:
    • ARMORY: 155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620
    • RIDGEWAY: 2522 Ridgeway Ave, Rochester, NY 14626
  • Race Day, Sat, Oct 20th, at Genesee Valley Park, near the Cricket Fields, Hawthorne Dr, starting at 8:30am

Volunteer Opportunity

We are seeking volunteers to help at Registration, Finish Line, Food Area, Road Marshals, & Water Stops.  CLICK HERE to sign-up to volunteer at ROCtoberfest!


  • Overall Male & Female, Age Group Awards to 1st place Male/Female in 10 year age groups (19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up)
  • Award for best "ROCtoberfest Themed" costume!  i.e Traditional Bavarian dress, Oktoberfest dress.  Best costume wins $25 Voucher to Fleet Feet.

Race Day Schedule

  8:30am - Registration Opens
10:00am - Race Starts
11:15am - 
Awards Ceremony


Parking is available at Genesee Valley Park.



October 20, 2018 | Genesee Valley Park