ROCtoberfest 5K

Date: October 8, 2022

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!  ROCtoberfest 5K was created in 2018 where we were able to raise monies for various charities in the region.  And for charities to raise money for their organizations without the expense of producing an event.

Grab your running shoes and lederhosen and celebrate at the 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! Register today to join the ROCtoberfest fun!!  Enjoy Live Music and Helping Raise Money for Local Rochester Charities!

Want to Raise Money for your Charity?

Want to raise money for your charity?  Become a charity partner!
• All charity partners must be a 501C-3 and fill out their financial information on for direct payment.
• Charity partners must submit a logo and description of the charity
• 100% of donations will be sent directly to the respective charity from RunSignUp

To list your organization as one of our beneficiaries, email Ruthie at with your non-profit's logo and a description of your charity.
We will then send you a link to set up your financial information, so the donation money is sent directly to your account.
After that, you can start promoting your fundraising team with your members on social media and email.

If your org raises $1000 or more you get to have a tent at the race site showcasing your org.

Give back!

Select a nonprofit organization of your choice when registering to donate and support. 100% of donations are paid directly to the charity. Anyone can give to the charity of their choice either as a participant or as a donor! You can also become a fundraiser for your favorite charity, encouraging your friends and family to support the organization of your choice.

Included with Registration

In-Person Includes:

  • Live 5K Race with Professional Timing
  • Event Bib
  • Short-Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt guaranteed by September 18, 2022 (color subject to change due to supply chain)
  • Finisher Medal
  • Live Music by Sinzibukwud
  • Post-Race Snacks
  • Online Results

Virtual Includes:

  • Virtual/Printable Race Bib
  • Finisher Medal
  • Printable Finisher Certificate
  • Online Results
  • Short-Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt guaranteed by September 18, 2022
  • Shipping within the US
    *Choose your favorite 5K route to run/walk then submit your results between 8am, October 8 and 9pm, October 15!


Registration/Packet Pickup

  Now - Sept 15, 2022 Sept 16 - September 30 
October 1 - October 7 (5:45pm)
In Person 5K $25 $30 $35
Virtual 5K $25 $25 $25
  • Fri Oct 7th from 10am-6pm at:
    • ARMORY: 155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620
  • Race Day, Sat, Oct 8th, at Genesee Valley Park, near the Cricket Fields, Hawthorne Dr, starting at 9am - 9:45am


  • 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)
  • Top Fundraiser as of Friday, October 7th

Race Day Schedule

 9:00am - Registration Opens/Band Begins
10:00am - Race Starts

11:15am - Awards Ceremony


Parking is available at Genesee Valley Park. - See Course Map above to help with directions

From Elmwood: Take Left onto Moore Rd through the park.  Do not exit onto E. River Rd.  Instead you will make a right down a dead end road on that side of the park to park.

From E. River Rd: Enter into park and make an immediate left right down a dead end road on that side of the park to park.




October 8, 2022 | Genesee Valley Park