Our 5K is in remembrance of Daniel Myslivecek, who lost his battle with Melanoma at the age of 16. A friend of Daniel’s organized the first 5K in 2005 to help the family with medical costs. Daniel ran in that first race and died 4 months later from his illness. The 5K has continued with the support of our community and each year the proceeds are given to a family or organization that helps children with a life-threatening illness while heightening Melanoma awareness. Our organization has also partnered with the Golisano Children’s Hospital. In a three year period we raised $25,000 for support of the hospital and are fortunate enough to have a piece of the hospital in Daniel’s name.
This is the second race in the Rochester Runner of the Year Series.
The Lehigh Valley Trail is the former home to one of the most celebrated American railroads of all time: The Lehigh Valley — home of the famous Black Diamond Express passenger train, which ran from New York to Buffalo.
While the land that comprises the Lehigh Valley Trail is owned by Monroe County Parks, this rails-to-trails project was created by (and is maintained, year-round by) a small but passionate non-profit group called the Mendon Foundation, and we at the Mendon Foundation depend on privately-collected donations and volunteer help to mow, groom and improve it so that you can continue to enjoy it, year-round, for walking, hiking, biking, running, and more.
If you’re a runner, one of the best ways you can support the Trail and the Mendon Foundation is to run the Black Diamond Express Races, on Sunday, August 30, 2020.
The 5K is the 6th race in the Rochester Runner of the Year Series!
The Oak Tree is run annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in beautiful historic Geneseo, NY.
The first Oak Tree Race was held in 2005 to raise money to support the conservation work of the not-for-profit Genesee Valley Conservancy. The event has since grown into a premier event in Western New York.
100% of race proceeds continue to raise funds for conservation each year. The event consists of a Half Marathon, 5K, and free kids fun runs.
The half marathon is the 7th race in the Rochester Runner of the Year series!
This 5K–plus kids’ race and 1 mile fun run–benefits the work of the Iron Angel Foundation in memory of Heather Boyum. It’s a fun, family-friendly event and always a beautiful day! Please go to the Iron Angel Foundation website for more details and information.
“Run hard” and “Finish strong” are two phrases I heard from my dad growing up. At some point he added “Stay the course.” It was then that the phrases transitioned from encouragement in running to encouragement in life.
The Finish Strong 5k and 15k are named because of the influence the phrase had on my running and in my life. Finishing strong in a race is crossing the finish line with heart pounding, legs weak, light headed and gasping for air. This requires self-sacrifice, careful planning, good training advice, a large amount of personal energy and perseverance. The same is true to finish strong in other areas of life. I believe there are many practical and spiritual lessons that carry over from athletics into other areas of life. That is what makes Athletes in Action such a good fit as the charity for this race.
Athletes in Action (AIA) is a sports based Christian ministry. They believe in victory beyond competition and use sports as a platform to help people start and stay the course, run hard and finish strong. They do this by answering questions of faith, pointing athletes to Jesus as the example for living and helping people discover God’s purpose for their life.
I want to see them be successful. As a race team we are doing our best to put on a memorable event for all participants. I hope you will join us for this year’s race.
“Stay the course, run hard and finish strong”. (Thanks Dad!)
– Jeremy Demarest
The 15K is the 9th race in the Rochester Runner of the Year series!
This is a fast flat course through the quaint Village of East Rochester. The race is a part of the “Rochester Runner of the Year Series” and receives outstanding support from residents that cheer participants to the finish line. This year’s event benefits the Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Patient Needs Fund and, prior to the start, we will honor the memories of past race participant Paul Wenger and longtime East Rochester resident and community leader Dave Bonacci.
About the Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Patient Needs Fund: The Patient Needs Fund is a donation-based fund for patients under cancer treatment at the Wilmot Cancer Institute. Assistance can be provided to patients in the form of gift cards to local gas, grocery, and general merchandise stores such as Kwik Fill, Wegmans, and Target. Often patients need money for gas as many are driving from outside or on the outskirts of Monroe County for treatment daily or weekly. Target and Wegmans gift cards are typically used for food or every day needs of patients. The amount provided is based upon the patient’s needs; as many patients as possible can be assisted with a donation to this unique fund. This is the power of the Patient Needs Fund; patients are able to focus more on their treatment and fighting cancer, and not on the financial burden that so many of us have.
Come dressed in a costume for an opportunity to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant. And, as always, there is plenty of food and the opportunity to take home some great goodies from the bake sale that is put on annually by the family of Steve Ross, the original recipient of funds from this event.
You must be registered by September 30th to guarantee a T-shirt. Groups/teams welcome! Register your team right here on RunSignUp and your whole group will be acknowledged when we present the check to the Needs Fund.
$20 till August 31, 2020
Sept 1- October 3- $25 Must be registered by this date to receive a shirt!!!
October 4, 2020 through October 10, 2020 – $30.00
October 11, 2020 through October 17, 2020- $35
October 18, 2020 through October 23, 2020- $40
$45 day of registration
In-person at Medved during packet pickup – $40.00
Student rate- $18 through October 23, 2020- through high school