Runnin’ of the Green is traditionally the unofficial start of the spring running season in Rochester on March 13, 2021! The five mile race is a fast out and back course along the Genesee River.
This year we will be offering a Virtual Runnin’ of the Green.
Come join hundreds of other runners in the 23rd annual Runnin’ of the Green!
We are working diligently on a plan for the 2021 Lilac Run & Dunkin’ Dash. More information will be coming soon on decisions for the 2021 event!
Join us for the Lilac Run 5K, 10K and Dunkin’ Dash!
We are proud to partner with the USATF and offer the 10K as a USATF Niagara 10K Championship Race. The Lilac Run is also part of the Rochester Runner of the Year Series! Established in 1979, the 5K and 10K race will restore your faith in Mother Nature and re-invigorate your workouts for the summer season ahead. The famous lilac gardens of Highland Park, also the backdrop for the event’s after-party, mark the beginning and end of the races. With the aroma of 1500 lilacs filling the air, runners start out heading east on Highland Avenue, move through the rolling hills of the park and then turn south through the residential town of Brighton before returning back through the park. Enjoy the Lilac Run After Party in front of the Sahlen’s Center Stage with live music, bagels, coffee and snacks! Pancake breakfast, beer, mimosas and Bellinis will be available for purchase. All children in the 5K or 10K that are 6 and under are free (discount appears at checkout).
The Dunkin’ Dash is back again in it’s 4th Edition! This race is for both the competitive racer and occasional runner/walker, and provides an opportunity for participants of all ages to help benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center while having fun! Participants will race a half a mile to the donut pit-stop where they will get a box of Munchkins® to either stuff their face or carry back to the finish line, totaling a 1 mile trip!
The race this year will be held on August 14, 2021 at Churchville-Chili Middle School. In-person registration will begin at 8:30am and the race will begin at 9:30am. Our hope is to hold an in-person race this year. If we need to move the race virtual because of COVID-19 we will let all registrants know as soon as possible.
The Oak Tree Half Marathon is the premier distance running race in the region. Run through the National Historic Landmark District of Geneseo and head into the Genesee Valley past 300 year old oak savannahs, sheep pastures, and horse farms.
The course features spectacular scenery with a small town feel but includes all of the amenities you would expect at a big city race.
With live music on the course, historic aircraft flyovers, and hand-made finisher medals, the Oak Tree is a unique half marathon that showcases the beauty of the Genesee Valley.
Hunger is Real – The 2021 East Ave Grocery Run is Virtual for now!
While we hope to have a live event this fall, at this point the event will be virtual. Should the decision be made to have a limited-participation live event, pre-registered participants will be given the live participation option on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the date you registered. We will stay in touch as plans evolve. Thank you for your loyal support and understanding!
And…Thanks to our generous sponsors, participants, donors and volunteers, the 2020 Virtual East Avenue Grocery Run raised more than $55,000 for Rochester-area food pantries. This money will provide nutritious meals to thousands of hungry seniors, children and families. in our community. We are looking forward to another awesome Grocery Run on the first weekend in November, 2021. Check this page, like us on Facebook and follow eastavenuegroceryrun on Instagram – so you’ll be the first to know details as they develop! Thank you!
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”Giving back to the Rochester community is a core value of SMP. Since 2013, our support of the East Avenue Grocery Run has exemplified our People First philosophy. Not only does the event raise funds for an honorable and deserving cause, it provides a fun, family friendly atmosphere and is extremely well organized. Sponsoring the Boogie for Broccoli children’s fun run enables SMP to promote physical activity and social consciousness among Rochester-area youth. Each year it is a pleasure to work with the East Avenue Grocery Run committee to support hunger-relief programs in our region.”
— Nikki Reynolds, Wellness Director at SMP,
Food drive in memory