Associated Events


USATF Masters 5 km Championships:  For the eighth 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, September 30th.



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!Anne Hare

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.



Meet and Ask Your Running-Related Questions of SFoR Women's Course Record Holder and Olympic 5,000m Finalist, Anne Hare:   The New Zealand athlete whose SFoR women's course record (15:36) has stood for 21 years will be with us at the Dick's in Shoppingtown between 11:00 a.m. and noon on Saturday, October 3rd.   Come out to Dick's and get an autograph, ask a training question, or take a selfie with Anne!  It's her and her family's first visit to Syracuse since she recorded one of the top performances of her career here in 1994, and she'd love to meet you!



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 3rd, 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.



USATF Masters National Championship Awards Presentation & Brunch, Presented by the Syracuse Chargers Track Club:   All 2015 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 2015 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 USATF Masters 5 km Championship registration page.  Our 2015 Awards Brunch is presented by the Syracuse Chargers Track Club, permitting us to offer the price of $15.00 for anyone entered in the 2015 USA Masters 5 km Championships, as well as $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.