Rochester Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk

Rochester, NY

This year we will be offering both live race and virtual run options!
Please note that we are limited to 200 Live Race participants. Register early and secure your spot!

Please join us on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm for the 5th Annual ROC Juneteenth 5K. This year we will be offering both LIVE and VIRTUAL options. The live race is being limited to 200 participants maximum and will take place in Rochester, New York at Genesee Valley Park, 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 and the committee will be announcing enhancements in the coming weeks. Funds raised from ROC JUNETEENTH 5K will again go to support the construction of Rochester's Historic Civil Rights Heritage Site at Baden Park.
We continue to commemorate over 400 years of Perserverance 1619- present.  ROC Juneteenth supports the work for equal justice through our dedication with our Run/Walk for Ahmaud Arbrey. Ahmaud, a black 25 year old young man who was pursued without cause and fatally shot in Glen County, Georgia on February 23, 2020 by 3 white men.  We use this #irunwithmaud to demonstrate our support for justice for Ahmaud Aubrey. 

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

Last year we were 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 to support the construction of Rochester Civil Rights Heritage Site, Park at Baden Park. 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!

The 5K race 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
245 Elmwood Ave
Rochester, NY, 14611

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

Live Race Registration
*Limited to 200 participants
$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, 2021. 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 during the month of June or July by clicking on the results tab at the top of this page. Search for your name and then select edit results. 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 socially distant 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 poster, recognizing civil rights activist Claudette Colvin, designed by local artist Amber Stokes. Claudette Colvin, a Black 15 year old who refused to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama, during Jim Crow South.  This occurred 9 months before Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up to a white person. Claudette was under-recognized for her brave and courageous efforts to change the segregation laws through her arrest.  She insisted, as she was dragged of the bus by policemen "it's my constitutional right!".  Claudette once said "I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.'"  These words continue to be true today.
We will be sending Ms. Colvin a framed poster from Amber and the ROC Juneteenth Team.

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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Jun 19, 2021


1:00 PM

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