ROC Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk

Rochester, NY

We look forward to you joining us on Juneteenth, Monday, June 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm for the 7th Annual Roc Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk.  The live race will take place at Genesee Valley Park, Riverbend Shelter, located along the Genesee River.  The certified 5K course offers runners beautiful and scenic park views on winding asphalt roads.

There will be light food and refreshments following the race. Community vendors with food, cool items to purshase along with community resource information that will be on sight. We have raffle tickets to purchase for a chance to win fantastic gift baskets and prizes. This is cash only! 

We are pleased to announce that there will be a free Jazz concert at the Roundhouse shelter just across from Riverbend shelter, from 5:30-7:30. We are thrilled to have Ryan Johnson and friends; Khola Welch, Ronald Wilco, Neffee VP Smith, Alex Parris and Herb Smith's Freedom Trio perform for our listening pleasure. So bring your lawn chair and get comfy as you take in the great sounds of Jazz!

The day will be packed with family and community fun. We hope you will stay and enjoy it all!

Funds raised from the run/walk will go to support the construction of the Minister Franklin D. Florence, Civil Rights Heritage Park, an outdoor Civil Rights classroom at Baden Park in Rochester, NY.

We continue to commemorate over 400 years of perseverance 1619-present.  Roc Juneteenth supports the work for equal justice through our dedicating this event to Ahmaud Arbery, a Black 25-year-old man who was pursued without cause then fatally shot in Glynn County, Georgia on February 23, 2020 by 3 white men.  We use the #irunwithmaud to demonstrate our support for the justice that was served in December of 2021, for Ahmaud. 

Juneteenth   is the celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 General Gordon Granger led 2,000 Union soldiers to Galveston, Texas to ensure the freedom of 250,000-still enslaved people. Rochester, NY, home to Frederick Douglass, is the perfect place to host a Juneteenth Run/Walk! Visit for additional information.

We continue to be overwhelmed by the support for our virtual event during Covid. Please consider creating a fundraising team to help us reach our goal of raising $50,000  Click on the Fundraising Team button at the top of the page and invite family and friends to support our cause. It's easy, fun, and supports a great cause! You can begin your virtual event now registration is easy.

The 5K race live event will start and finish at Genesee Valley Park. The official start time is set for 1:00 PM.  The race uses USATF Certified Course #NY14904KL. CLICK HERE to view interactive course map.

Genesee Valley Park
Riverbend Shelter
Genesee River Trail
Rochester, NY

Online registration only. Race day registration & packet pickup will take at the Riverbend Shelter from 11 AM right up until the start of the race at 1PM.

Live Race Registration
$25/$30 on race day

Virtual 5K Registration
$10 through race day

Virtual participants will get to choose the day, time, and location for their virtual 5K run any time from date of registration through June 19, 2023. You are encouraged to try out the FREE IYR Virtual App that will track and map your 5K run and keep track of your time. You can also manually enter your results at any time through the month of June by clicking on the results tab at the top of this page. Search for your name and then select the "Update Time" button next to your name. You will be prompted for the email and password you created when you registered for the race and created an IYR profile.

Live race participants enjoy a post race celebration including light snacks, refreshments, music and awards ceremony.

There is plenty of free parking in the park within walking distance of the start/finish line.

For the live 5K race, special gifts will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female 5K finishers and ALL participants (Virtual and Live) and donors will be emailed a special commemorative to be determined.

For additional information on the race or sponsorship opportunities available, please contact race organizer Gloria Johnson-Hovey at (585) 775-5599 or via email at

Professional timing and finish line services using industry leading Jaguar Electronic RFID timing will be provided by Race Management Solutions. Results will be updated throughout the race in real time and can be accessed at any time after crossing the finish line using any one of the following options:

  • FREE ITSYourRace Mobile App
  • RMS Race Results Kiosk/Printer
  • Scrolling Results TV Monitor(s)

Race participants can also use the ITSYourRace platform to view and share finish line photos with family and friends for free on Facebook. Custom finisher certificates can also be downloaded from the results page at no charge!

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When & Where

Jun 19, 2023


1:00 PM

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Rochester, NY

Genesee Valley Park Riverbend Shelter


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