Awards & Giveaways

For Our 5K Participants:
2014 Finisher Med
ong-Sleeved Tech Shirt
$5.00 Dick's Bonus Certific

For Our 3K and Walk Participants:
  Colorful 100% Cotton T-Shirt
Dick's Discount Card

For Everyone:
That Amazing Course
Wellness Way
The Tops Post-Race Refreshments Area
A Chance to Support Your Favorite Non-Profit

5K Finisher Medal Is Back in 2014!

Now celebrating 22 years of:
First-time finishes,
5K personal bests,
5K national titles,
 5K U.S. records, and even
5K world-best performances!

Each of our 5K finishers will receive the 2014 edition our growing series of high-quality collector's items from .

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USA Masters 5km Championships Prize Money:  A total of $10,000 is up for grabs as top masters individuals and club teams compete for national honors and U.S. records.

Cohen & Cohen Women's Champion Award: Cohen & Cohen, LLP is sponsoring a $250 cash award for the first finisher overall in the MVP Health Care Women's 5K at the Festival.

John Trowse Memorial Award: The Syracuse Festival of Races presents this award annually to the top Central New York finisher in the Men's 5K at the Festival.  The $250 cash award is named in honor of John Trowse, who died unexpectedly, at age 38, of a previously undiagnosed heart ailment.  John was an outstanding and popular runner at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Cayuga Community College, SUNY Brockport, and as a post-collegian with the Auburn Pulsars and the Syracuse Chargers Track Club.  Many thanks to Allied Sign Company for its sponsorship of the John Trowse Memorial Award!

$100 Dick's Bonus Certificates to the 5K Winners:  Dick's Sporting Goods will present a $100 Dick's Bonus Certificate to both the winning male runner overall in the Men's 5K and to the winning female runner overall in the MVP Health Care Women's 5K.

5K Age Group Awards: SFoR awards (Dick's Bonus Certificates) will go three deep in these age groups: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, and five-year age groups as high as needed.  We're awarding the usual $50 Bonus Certificate for first; $20 for second; and $10 for third.

The Fun of 5K Family Team Awards: Special awards will go to the top two-person family teams based on the sum of the 5K finishing times of the two team members.  Awards are presented to the scoring members of the top three teams in nine different categories:  husband-wife (H/W); masters husband-wife (H/W40); mother-daughter (M/D); father-son (F/S); mother-son (M/S); father-daughter (F/D); sister-sister (S/S); brother-brother (B/B); brother-sister (B/S).

5K Last-Ten Finishers Awards: That's right!  At the SFoR we like to take good care of the last across the line as well as those at the front, so we have awards for the final ten finishers in both the Men's 5K and the MVP Health Care Women's 5K.  Don't assume you're a shoe-in for these; the SFoR is for runners of all paces, so competition for these may be tougher than your think!

3K School Group Awards: School groups of 25 or more finishers in the MVP Health Care 3K Fun & Fitness Run will receive special fitness awards. The Syracuse City School District group with the largest number of participants will be presented with the Boys and Girls Cup. The non-SCSD school with the largest number of participants will be presented with the Festival Cup. The school with the largest number of participants is offered the opportunity to design the artwork for next year's MVP Health Care 3K Fun & Fitness Run T-shirt.

5K Joint Replacement Awards, Presented by SOSPlus: The first two open men's, masters men's (40+), open women's, and masters women's (40+), 5K finishers with knee or hip replacements will receive special awards from SOSPlus.  Please be sure to check the replacement category circle on your entry form.

Course Record Bonuses: The SFoR offers $1,000.00 course record bonuses for the male athlete who wins the men's 5K and improves upon John Itati's men's course record of 13:27 (2002) and the female athlete who wins the women's 5K and improves upon Anne Hare's women's course record of 15:36 (1994).