Associated Events


USA Masters 5 km Championships:  For the seventh consecutive year, we're delighted to be hosting runners from throughout the United States competing in the USA Masters 5 km Championships.  The Masters Championships will be run concurrently with the 23rd anniversary edition of our Men's 5K (8:50 a.m. start) and MVP Health Care Women's 5K (9:50 a.m. start) races.



Our Race Headquarters Hotel:  We're delighted to have The Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, as our 2015 race headquarters hotel.  Conveniently located at the corner of E. Genesee St. and University Avenue, The Genesee Grande offers our visiting runners and walkers convenient proximity to both the Syracuse University campus and the race site.


Reservations for SFoR entrants and their guests are available at the special Syracuse Festival of Races rate of $99 per night (plus tax) for standard "single queen" or "double-double" rooms, and $114 per night (plus tax) for Jr. Suites.  In order to be guaranteed the special rate, guests must make their reservations by Tuesday, September 3--or when the block is filled, should that occur first.  Please make all reservations by calling the hotel at 315-476-4212 (or toll-free at 800-365-4663), and be sure to mention the "Syracuse Festival of Races room block" at the time of registration.


Please book early, as the SFoR room block sold out early last year.



3K Fun & Fitness Run School Group Shirt and Number Pickup:  School group coordinators may turn in entries and pick up bib numbers and T-shirts for their groups at 213 Scott Avenue between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st.



Packet Pickup & Late Registration at the Dick's Sporting Goods in Shoppingtown (DeWitt):  Pre-registered runners can pick up their bib numbers and T-shirts on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Dick's Sporting Goods on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt.  Packets not picked up on Saturday may be picked up at the race site beginning at 7:30 a.m. on race morning.  For early pick-up and the best selection of shirt sizes, come on Saturday!

Runners can enter at the Saturday pickup as well as on the morning of the race.  5K entry is $30 on Saturday and $35 on race morning.  The entry fee for either the Fun & Fitness Run or the Tops Community Walk is $15.00 on race weekend, regardless of your age.



Visiting Athlete Hospitality:  The Syracuse Chargers Track Club will be hosting a hospitality room for out-of-town USATF Masters Championship entrants staying at The Genesee Grande Hotel.  The hospitality room will be open from Friday afternoon through Sunday at noon, and it will be your most convenient source of complimentary beverages, snacks, directions, general information, course tour sign-up, and transportation to and from the race site. 

For the convenience of all runners staying at our race headquarters hotel, packets for USA Masters 5 km Championship entrants (only) will be available for pickup in the Chargers Hospitality Suite on Saturday, October 4th, between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


Wellness Way Expo:   Race morning activities in the start/finish area will include our Wellness Way Expo, providing information about a wide range of products, services, and organizations related to personal health and wellness.  SFoR participants, spectators, and volunteers are invited to stroll Wellness Way outside Manley Field House before and after their events on race morning.  To see the current list of 2015 Wellness Way Exhibitors, click here.



National Championship Awards Presentation & Brunch:   All 2014 USA Masters 5 km Championship awards will be presented beginning at 12:30 p.m. on race day at our race headquarters hotel.  Admission to the 2014 USA Masters 5 km Championship awards presentation is free for all Syracuse Festival of Races participants and their guests.

In conjunction with the awards presentation at The Genesee Grande Hotel, a hearty buffet brunch will be available beginning at noon and extending through the Awards Presentation.  Anyone wishing to enjoy the Awards Brunch along with the awards presentation may purchase Brunch tickets in advance via either our paper entry form or the USA Masters 5 km Championship registration page.  Our 2015 Awards Brunch is supported by the Syracuse Chargers Track Club, permitting us to offer the price to $15.00 for anyone entered in the 2015 USA Masters 5 km Championships, and $15 for their guests.

Depending upon available space, a very limited number of Awards Brunch access tickets may also be available for purchase at the door.  We expect another packed room this year.