Rochester Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk

Rochester, NY

Funds raised from ROC JUNETEENTH 5K will go to support the building of Rochester's Black Civil Rights Park at Baden Park. Be part of this historical event.
Celebrates 'Juneteenth' the end of slavery in the US on June 19, 1865. A community 5K Run/Walk at beautiful Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, NY home of Fredrick Douglass abolitionist. The ROC JUNETEENTH 2019 5K Run/Walk will support the building of Rochester's Black Civil Rights Park at Baden Park. Come and be part of Rochester's history by supporting this great endeavor.  

Please join us on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 for the 3rd Annual ROC Juneteenth 5K. The race 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 several enhancements in the coming weeks.

Juneteenth is 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 with the news that slaves were now free. This news was kept from the 250,000 slaves for two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Rochester, the home of Frederick Douglass, is the perfect place to host this annual run/walk!

The 5K race will start and finish at Genesee Valley Park. The official start time is set for 6:00pm using USATF Certified Course #NY14904KL

Genesee Valley Park

Riverbend Shelter

245 Elmwood Ave

Rochester, NY, 14611

Race day registration and packet pickup will take at the Riverbend Shelter inside the park from 5:00pm right up until the start of the race at 6:00pm. Official race shirts guaranteed to everyone who registers by Sunday 6-10-19 at midnight!

  • $20 no shirt option through 6/11/19

  • $25 w/race shirt through 6/11/19

  • $25* 6/12/19 through race day 

*no shirts after 6/11/19



Join us after the race for 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.

Special gifts will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female 5K finishers and special commemorative posters designed by Wilson High School Alumni Amber Stokes will be presented to all participants after the race!

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

The race will feature a gun start and chip finish. 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!

When & Where

Jun 19, 2019


6:00 PM

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