ROCtoberfest 5K Presented by Strangebird

Date: October 12, 2024

Length: 5K

Start Time: 9:30am

Location: Genesee Valley Park (map)

ROCtoberfest 5K presented by Strangebird

Saturday, October 12th | 9:30AM

Genesee Valley Park


What is ROCtoberfest?

ROCtoberfest is a party, 5K and fundraising opportunity for local charities in October.  ROCtoberfest 5K was created in 2018 where we were able to support raising money for various charities in the region without each charity needing to shoulder the expense of producing an event.

Grab your running shoes and lederhosen to 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. Enjoy Live Music and Helping Raise Money for Local Rochester Charities!

Presented by Strangebird

Strangebird hopes to be a place to bring folks of all feathers together in a modern, approachable, comfortable, and accepting environment.  It is a place where you can drink award-winning, hand-crafted beers and eat made-from-scratch food.  Our experienced team is ready to bring you high-quality, delicious beer & food.
Located at 62 Marshall Street, Rochester, NY and open Thursday-Monday from 12:00pm-11:00pm


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 Ellen 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! 

Included with Registration

In-Person Event Includes:

  • Live 5K Race with Professional Timing
  • Event Bib
  • Short-Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt guaranteed by September 22, 2024 (color subject to change due to supply chain)
  • Strangebird will be on site for beer sampling for 21 and over
  • Live Music by Sinzibukwud
  • Post-Race Snacks
  • Online Results

Virtual Event Includes:

  • Virtual/Printable Race Bib
  • Printable Finisher Certificate
  • Online Results
  • Short-Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt guaranteed by September 22, 2024
  • Shipping within the US
    *Choose your favorite 5K route to run/walk then submit your results between 8am, October 12 and 9pm, October 20!

  Color Subject to Change based on Availability

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.

Registration/Packet Pickup

    thru 7/31    8/1 - 9/30    10/1 - 10/11 at 5:45pm
In Person 5K   $25 $30 $35
Virtual 5K $25 $28 $28
  • Fri Oct 11th from 10am-6pm at:
    • ARMORY: 155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620
  • Race Day, Sat, Oct 12th, at Genesee Valley Park, near the Cricket Fields, Hawthorne Dr, starting at 8:30am - 9:15am


  • Overall Male & Female, Age Group Awards to Top 2 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 11th

Race Day Schedule

8:45am - Registration Opens/Band Begins
9:30am - Race Starts

11:00am - 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.