RUN585 - The Big Run 5K

Date: June 6, 2018

Length: 5K

Start Time: 6:45pm

Location: Genesee Waterways - Rochester, NY (map)

Join us for a mid-week, low-key road race series at Genesee Valley Park. There are 3 races offered from June-August, each with a unique course and common finish line. All of the races support the Genesee Waterways programs.

Race 1 - Wed, June 6, 2018 - The Big Run 5K - Global Running Day
Race 2 - Wed, July 18, 2018 - Summer in the City 8K
Race 3 - Wed, August 8, 2018 - Hot Summer Night 5K

Series Registration (all 3 races) is capped at 585!
Individual race registration is capped at 115 each!

What Series Participants Get 
(Series registrations must be completed Race #1, June 6, 2018)

  • 3 crazy-fun races
  • Chip Timing by YellowJacket Racing
  • Post race BBQ (including pulled pork, macaroni salad, and rolls. Black bean veggie burger option), beer, & live music
  • Awards to the Overall and 5 year Age Group winners
  • A canvas folding chair with carry bag- Chairs are ONLY available for pick up during packet pick up at the Fleet Feet Armory store location!  Chairs will not be available during race day onsite packet pick up!
  • A plastic festival mug for each race in the series (3 total)
  • Finisher medals for each race that fit together to form 1 large medal!

What Individual Participants Get
(even if registering for all 3 races individually)

  • Crazy-fun races
  • Chip Timing by YellowJacket Racing
  • Post race BBQ (including pulled pork, macaroni salad, and rolls. Black bean veggie burger option), beer, & live music
  • Awards to the Overall and 5 year age group winners
  • A plastic festival mug
  • Finisher medal


On June 6, all Fleet Feet Sports locations will participate in the The Big Run, a nationwide event coinciding with Global Running Day. 

We want to see the whole community participate because, seriously, running together rocks. Let us recap the ways: 

  • You get to join Fleet Feet Sports communities across the country participating in a nationally-coordinated event in different locations all on the same day.
  • It's on a Wednesday — who couldn't use a mid-week pump-up
  • Finisher medal — Not just any medal. A very cool, make-your-friends-jealous medal.
  • We know some people. And some pretty cool brands (cough, cough, Brooks). Let's just say, we're planning some fun raffle giveaways and category prizes.

Click here to order a limited edition The Big Run 5K shirt! Available for pre-order now through May 21st!

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 The Big Run 5K!

Registration/Packet Pickup

 Event   By June 4   June 5 - 6 
 3 Race Series   $75   $80
 The Big Run 5K  $25 $30

This race series (all 3 races) is capped at 585!
The Big Run 5K is capped at 115!

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

Packet Pickup

  • Tues, June 5 from 10am-7pm and Wed, June 6th from 10am-4:30pm at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory Participants in the series can ONLY get their chairs during this time.  They will NOT be available on race site!
    • ARMORY: 155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620
  • On Race Site, Wed, June 6th at the Genesee Waterways from 5:45pm-6:40pm


Local Awards
  • Individual Awards to the top 3 Overall and top 3 in 5 year age groups
  • RUN585 Series Awards to the Overall and 5 year Age Group winners 

National Awards

FASTEST MALE AND FEMALE in the Country: Earn supreme bragging rights—and $500 each—as the fastest female and male in the land.


Did you beat everyone else in your age group in the country? We’ll recognize the fastest overall male and female in the below age groups with $100 each:

14 and under
If your finisher time puts you in the exact middle of all finishers in the country in your gender, we’ll give you $500!

Finish at the most common time across the country, and we’ll enter you into a drawing for $500!

Any participant who posts a photo from The Big Run and includes #TheBigRun @FleetFeetSports, @BrooksRunning, is eligible to win one of three pairs of exclusive, The Big Run custom Goodrs, provided by Brooks!

Race Day Schedule

5:45pm - Registration opens at Genesee Waterways
6:45pm - Race Start
7:30(ish)pm - Awards


Parking is available at the Roundhouse Shelter at Genesee Valley Park, off Moore Road.  You can view a park map here.  There is also parking available at the baseball field lot on Genesee St, click here to see this location

The Genesee Waterways Center is located in Genesee Valley Park near the City ice rink/outdoor pool.

The address is:
149 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14611

For more information on parking, check out the map here!

From the South
Get off at the Scottsville Road (NYS Rt. 383) exit which is on the southwest side of Monroe County. Travel north on Scottsville Road for about 2/3 mile and then bear right onto Elmwood Ave. Proceed ¼ mile on Elmwood Ave and turn right into Genesee Valley Park by the City ice arena/pool. Go another 400 feet until you see the GWC facilities (tan and green buildlings) and park in the designated areas.

From the East
Take 490 Westbound to 590 South. Get off the Elmwood Avenue Exit. Turn Right onto Elmwood. Stay on Elmwood about 3 miles. Its past Strong Hospital and U or R Campus

From the West
Take 490 Eastbound. Get off the Goodman Street Exit. Turn Right onto Goodman. Take Goodman to Elmwood Avenue. Turn Right onto Elmwood. Its past Strong Hospital and U or R Campus



June 6, 2018 | Genesee Waterways - Rochester, NY