Nine Reasons to Run the Rochester Marathon in Rochester, NY

The 2021 Rochester Half Marathon and 5K will take place on September 26, 2021.

This annual event for runners is not to be missed, and to help you make the trip to Rochester, we’ve rounded up nine reasons to run the Rochester Marathon (half and 5K) in 2021.

  1. Beautiful course with majestic views. The Rochester Half Marathon follows the Genesee River path and the course crosses four bridges and three waterfalls! The views from the Rochester course are breathtaking and make this a visually interesting run.

  2. Different racing options for runners of all skill levels. Typically, the Rochester Marathon offers runners the choice of a full marathon, 5k, half marathon, kids’ races, and relay. This range of options means there is truly an event for everyone during Rochester Marathon weekend. (* Please note that in 2021 the Rochester Marathon will only host the Half Marathon and 5K)

  3. Electric cheering sections. Feel the energy at every turn as you travel the Rochester Marathon course. The cheering crowds will keep the energy high. As you run, keep an eye out for neighbors in the Winona Woods neighborhood in Irondequoit, NY. Each year, these neighbors create a theme around the marathon and decorate their lawns to celebrate and cheer on the passing athletes.

  4. Celebrate your accomplishments with a craft post-race drink. Did you know that the Greater Rochester area is home to over two dozen craft breweries? With these many breweries (plus several wineries and distilleries!), It will be easy to find a place to celebrate your hard work on race day. Pro tip: The Genesee Brewery (New York State’s oldest brewery and a Rochester institution) is located near the finish line of the Rochester Marathon and Frontier Field.

  5. Rochester’s premier dining scene. Rochester is home to one of the most surprising and impressive culinary scenes in the country. Bring your appetite to Rochester for the race weekend. The city is home to one of the most surprising and awe-inspiring culinary scenes in the country, offering visitors everything from the foodie to the dumpster. Plan where to eat with our ROC Foodie bucket list.

  6. Rochester Festivals and Events on Race Weekends. With over 140 annual festivals and events, there’s always something going on in Rochester. Catch a show at the Rochester Fringe Festival during Race Weekend, visit the Community Garage Sale and Superflea at the Rochester Public Market, experience Monroe County Weekend at the Genesee Country Village & Museum and watch the Rochester-Finger Lakes exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery, to name just a few things to do!

  7. Rochester Museums and Attractions. Rochester is considered the cultural capital of upstate New York. Plan a visit to one of Rochester’s many museums while you’re in town for race weekend. Must-see museums include the Strong National Museum of Play, George Eastman Museum, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Memorial Art Gallery, and ArtisanWorks – to name a few!

  8. Services, shops and facilities for runners. Runners will find the services and businesses they need on race day. Fleet Feet Rochester is your one-stop-shop for running shoes, clothing, and training tips. For questions specific to the Marathon, contact the race organizers, YellowJacket Racing.

  9. Accommodation options for all. With over 7,000 hotel rooms in County Monroe, you’ll find a choice of accommodation to suit all budgets. Book a room here at a special rate for the Rochester Marathon.

Take the trip to Rochester in 2021 and join us on this grand tour of Rochester – on foot!

Comments are closed.