5K Run for Fun / 1M Walk for Wellness @ CP Rochester
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am

Our 18th Annual 5K Run for Fun / 1M Walk for Wellness will be completely IN-PERSON on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at CP Rochester, 3399 Winton Road S. Rochester, NY (Please note the FALL date!). This USATF-certified 5K Course (NY17100KL) is mostly flat and runs through a residential neighborhood with one or two gentle hills. Runners should get excellent times from this course! All proceeds from this event help fund programs and services offered through Ability Partners agencies: CP Rochester, Happiness House, and Rochester Rehabilitation, which provide services to adults and children with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. These programs and services include physical, occupational, and speech therapies; housing; early intervention and preschool programs; day and community habilitation; respite care; recreational and adapted sports programs; employment services; family support; and more.

Monster Scramble @ Highland Park
Oct 14 @ 9:30 am

This October, adults and children alike will lace up their running shoes to participate in the National MS Society’s chip-timed, Halloween-themed 5K/10K fundraising event, full of chills and thrills, spooky costumes, and sweet treats. The event will also include a one-mile family fun walk.

The run will include official timing and scoring, with prizes for the top male, female, and youth winners.

Costumes are encouraged! Prizes will also be awarded for best adult, child, and group costume.

Nocturnal 12 @ Lake Ontario State Parkway Trail
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 5:00 am

Nocturnal 12 by Obatron Productions/Obatron Fitness offers a fixed time endurance challenge allowing racers the latitude to choose their goals based on time or distance. Racers need not stay the entire twelve hours, but they have that long to do what they will on a paved course surrounded by nature.

The 2.05-mile out-and-back course is relatively flat with a couple of moderate inclines and declines. Nature surrounds most of the course with some small sections of the Lake Ontario State Parkway visible on the south side. With a portion of Island Cottage Woods Preserve on the north side, additional woods, marshes, and grassy areas complete the rest. The course, which is open to the public, never crosses the road.

Given its proximity to Halloween and nighttime nature, racers are invited to participate in decorating their personal aid stations (even if it’s just a single chair or cooler) and themselves for a special decorating contest. The race features a well-stocked aid station with hot water for instant beverages, space for personal aid stations/tents, a portable toilet, a separate handwashing station, and a free raffle for racers and volunteers.

East Avenue Grocery Run @ Third Presbyterian Church
Nov 4 all-day

The 14th annual East Avenue Grocery Run to benefit Rochester-area food pantries – November 4, 2023!

Join us in-person or virtually for the Grocery Run 5k and 1 mile run/walk to benefit local food pantries! In-person participants can choose our fast, flat 5k course down East Avenue and along the Riverway Trail, or a quick 1-mile out and back on beautiful East Avenue. The live events start at 8:30 a.m. on November 4th, 2023 at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St., Rochester. Virtual participants can choose any distance to run, bike, walk or stroll and complete their event anytime, anywhere November 3rd – 5th.

Either way, you’ll feel great knowing your entire registration fee will go directly to Rochester-area organizations providing food, hope and dignity for hungry people.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, donors and volunteers, the 2022 Grocery Run raised more than $57,000 for Rochester-area food pantries. We hope to do even better this year! Please join us and make a difference!

Mendon Trail Run 10K, 20K, 30K, 50K @ Mendon Ponds Park
Nov 4 all-day

Since 1994, The Rochester Orienteering Club has offered The Mendon Trail Run. The trail run features distances of 10K, 20K, 30K and 50K on the east side of beautiful Mendon Ponds Park. Course Description: 10 km loop course entirely on trails.

The Mendon Trail Run raises funds to support the activities of the Club, which is one of the most active Orienteering Clubs in the US (to learn more, or to attend one of our regular ‘map and compass’ off-trail running events, see

Barbecue Bash Quarters @ Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum (SD&CM)
Nov 5 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Barbecue Bash Quarters is a walker-friendly and diet sensitive race with a unique distance feature. Racers choose at registration how many quarters of a marathon they will do: 1-4, 6.55 miles to 26.2 miles. Come race day, if the distance you chose isn’t quite what you’re up to, instead of a DNF (did not finish) and no medal, racers can drop down to the number of laps they were able to complete. As long as you get at least one done, you’ve done BBQ! Part of the West of the River Series, by Obatron Productions/Obatron Fitness, Barbecue Bash Quarters starts at the front of Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum, runs along the canal for an out-and-back portion, returns passed the start line, and ventures out into the residential roads of Spencerport. You need not enter other races to register for this one, but it makes a great challenge to do more!

The generous 7-hour cutoff time means anyone capable of a keeping a 1-hour, 4-minute, 7-sceond per mile pace will be on time for the 1-Quarter race! Pace for 2: 32 minutes, 4 seconds; Pace for 3: 21 minutes, 22 seconds; Pace for 4: 16 minutes, 2 seconds. After crossing the finish line, you’ll get a medal and barbecue goodies! We’ll have pulled pork and chicken, corn bread, and baked potatoes with toppings catered by our Premier Prize Sponsor, Texas Barbecue Joint, as well as rolls, assorted chips, assorted cookies, and other items besides Gatorade and water.

Everyone gets a single-serve Barbecue Kit as part of their race goodies and there’s a free raffle for racers and volunteers.