Spring Forward Distance Run

Date: March 24, 2018

Length: 15K, 2.5 Mile, Kids Run Wild Races

Start Time: 8:00am

Location: Stewart Lodge - Mendon Ponds Park (map)

15k Road Race, 2.5 Mile Fun Run, and Kids Run Wild Races

A great way to kick off your road racing season, the Spring Forward Distance run has been a staple in the running community since its inception in 2003. Come for the 15k Race, 2.5 Mile Fun Run, or 1/4, 1/2 and Full Mile Kids Run Wild Races, and stay for the post race food and fun!


  • Chip timing
  • Live results will be posted online
  • Live text and email results as you finish (sign up for results notifications to track a runner here)
  • Finish line video integrated into the results the following week
  • Plenty of post-race food for all participants including hot dogs, cookies, veggies and more!
  • Premium cotton blend t-shirts (gender specific sizing) to all those registered for the 15K and 2.5 mile by March 1st, plus the next 200!
  • 1/2 and Full Mile Kids Run Wild Races are professionally timed
  • ALL Kids Run Wild participants will receive a finisher medal and race bib
  • 15K course is certified to be accurate by USATF: NY16101KL

Pace Leaders:

Pace groups led by experienced pacers for a variety of times will be provided and organized by Fleet Feet Sports. Running with a pace group will help you have a more successful experience by helping you to your goal time. Anyone can use this service, there is no charge for it.

We plan to have Pace groups for the following times:

  • 8 minute- Joe Haung
  • 9 minute- Oliver Brett
  • 10 min- Pat Wilson
  • 11 min- Kate Brett
  • 12 min- Vickey Beaver

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 Spring Forward!

Registration/Packet Pickup

Distance       By Feb. 25   Feb. 26 - March 21   March 22 - 24 
15K $22 $25 $30
2.5 Mile Fun Run $20 $22 $25
 Kids Run Wild 1/4 Mile  FREE FREE FREE
Kids Run Wild 1/2 Mile $10 $10 $12
Kids Run Wild 1 Mile $10 $10 $12

16:00min/mile pace required for 15K!

There are NO PROCESSING FEES when registering online for all YellowJacket Racing events!
All entries are non-transferable & non-deferrable, no exceptions.

 Packet Pickup

  • Thurs, March 22nd & Fri, March 23rd from 10am-7pm at both Fleet Feet Sports locations:
    • ARMORY: 155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620
    • RIDGEWAY: 2522 Ridgeway Ave, Rochester, NY 14626
  • Race Day, Sat, beginning at 7am inside Stewart Lodge


15K Awards

  • Top 3 Overall Male/Female
  • Age Group Awards to Top 3 Male/Female in 5 year age groups (19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & up)
All awards will be available at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory for two weeks only following race day.

Kids Run Wild Awards

  • All finishers receive a Kids Run Wild Finisher Medal

Race Day Schedule

7:00AM - Registration Opens
8:00AM - 15K Race Starts
8:15AM - 2.5 Mile Race Starts
9:45AM - 1/4 Mile Kids Run Wild Race Starts
9:50AM - 1/2 Mile Kids Run Wild Race Starts
10:00AM - Full Mile Kids Run Wild Race Starts
10:15AM - Awards Ceremony (15K only)

16:00min/mile pace required for 15K!


Both Courses

  • Almost completely on roads except the final stretch leading up the the finish which is on a gravel path.
  • Mile markers will be on both courses.
  • All turns and crossings will be marked with white arrow A-frame signs.
  • Both courses will have water stops on course.

15K Course

The USATF certified 15K (~9.3 Mile) course is hilly and a great tune up for late spring marathon or the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Half Marathon.
The course has some challenging hills, with a total elevation gain of 455 feet. It’s most difficult section is miles 7 through 8.5 when returning to the park. There are three water stops on course around miles 3, 6, and 8.

The race starts on Douglas road near the grass triangle at the end of the exit lane of the Beach Lot heading south towards Pond Road. Turn left onto Pond Road, then turn right onto Pittsford Mendon Center Road (Rt. 64). There will be a water stop before the next turn around mile 3 then turn left onto Rush Mendon Road (Rt. 251). Turn left onto West Bloomfield Road. At about 6 miles there will be a water stop after the crossing of Smith Road. Turn left onto Canfield Road then there will be a water stop about a ½ mile after the turn onto Canfield Road before Mile 8. Turn left onto Douglas Road then turn right onto the gravel path leading to Stewart Lodge and head into the finish corral. (Map)

2.5 Mile Course

The 2.5 Mile course is an out and back on Douglas Road. There are hills, but they are friendly hills. Runners will begin on the gravel path by the tall red start banner and head towards Douglas Road.

Turn right onto Douglas Road heading south. Follow Douglas Road until you reach the turn around cone which you'll turn clockwise around and return back to the gravel path leading to the Finish (Map)

Kids Run Wild Course Description

The Kids Run Wild races will be on the grass by the playground and will be 1/4 mile loop.


Click here for a map of the park.

Parking is available at the Beach Lot, East/West, Evergreen, Pond View, and Southview lodges.

Please take a look at the park map to become familiar with the assigned parking lots.

Please do not park on the grass anywhere within the park, in any lots not mentioned above, or on the sides of the roads!

As always, please arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time!!



March 24, 2018 | Stewart Lodge - Mendon Ponds Park