Area Activity Guide: Flower City Challenge

Run or Du the ROC

In its eighth year, the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge will bring runners and bikers of all ages and ability levels to downtown Rochester the weekend of April 21-22 for fresh air, exercise, and camaraderie. Participants can kick off activities with packet pickup, Friday, April 20th, or Saturday, April 21st, at the Fleet Feet Sports EXPO on Culver Road. Saturday was set to feature the SMP Rochester River Challenge Duathlon and Paddle Triathlon, both beginning at Genesee Valley Park, with Sunday bringing the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Half Marathon and the Wegmans Family 5K, which kick off on the Broad Street Bridge and end at Blue Cross Arena. Sunday also features three different Kids Run Wild Races ranging from a quarter mile to one full mile. The Start Line for kids’ races is at Court & Exchange.

Without a Paddle

This year’s Challenge will be a bit different than expected, thanks in part to the seemingly never-ending winter. Due to the extreme velocity and volume of water flow of the Genesee River, the paddle portion of the triathlon has been canceled. Instead of separate Duathlon and Triathlon events, there will simply be a Duathlon (run/bike/run) for everyone. Anyone registered for either of these events should review the updated 2018 participant guide.

The City on Foot

Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, the Flower City Challenge is a great time to get outdoors, experience Rochester, and mingle with neighbors. Participants in Sunday’s half-marathon and 5k events will wind through historic downtown streets and neighborhoods, passing by famous landmarks like the Susan B. Anthony House and Kodak tower. The race passes through Downtown, East Avenue, Park Avenue, Highland Park, Mount Hope Cemetery, the Genesee Riverway Trail, and much more! This year’s half marathon is capped at 2500 runners, while the 5K is capped at 1200. Whatever way you do it, get out and enjoy the weekend!