Associated Events


USATF Masters 5 km Championships:  For the ninth consecutive year, we're delighted to be hosting runners from throughout the United States competing in the USATF Masters 5 km Championships for both men and women.  The Masters Championships will be run concurrently with the 24th 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--a rare opportunity for runners of all ages to run shoulder to shoulder with many of our country's most accomplished age-group distance runners.


Our Race Headquarters Hotel:  We're delighted to have the Maplewood Suites Extended Stay, 400 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088, as our 2016 race headquarters hotel.  Conveniently located near the intersection of the NYS Thruway and Interstate 81, the beautifully renovated Maplewood Suites Extended Stay offers visiting runners convenient proximity to both Syracuse's Hancock International Airport 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 queen or king rooms.  Complimentary hot and cold breakfast is included.  In addition, all rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, microwaves, coffee maker, and stovetop burner.


In order to be guaranteed the special rate, guests must make their reservations by Monday, September 12th—or when our block is filled, should that occur first.  Please make all reservations by calling the hotel at 315-451-1511, and be sure to mention the "Syracuse Festival of Races room block" (rate code SFoR16) at the time of registration in order to receive the discounted rate.


Runners can click on this link for the Maplewood Suites Google Virtual Tour.


Please book early to avoid missing the special rates. Our race headquarters hotel room block has sold out in each of the past three years.



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 Maplewood Suites Extended Stay.  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 Room on Saturday, October 1st, between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


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, September 28th.



Packet Pickup & Late Registration at the Dick's Sporting Goods in DeWitt:  Pre-registered runners can pick up their bib numbers and T-shirts on Saturday, October 1st, 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.


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.



USATF Masters National Championship Awards Presentation & Brunch:   All 2016 USATF 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 2016 USATF 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 USATF Masters 5 km Championship registration page.  Our 2016 Awards Brunch is the price of $16.00 for runners entered in the 2016 USA Masters 5 km Championships and 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.