Lilac Run

Highland Park
Rochester, NY 14620

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Event Description

The 2024 Lilac Run will take place on the FINAL day of the Lilac Festival at Highland Park.  Both in-person and virtual race experiences will be offered!  Join us for the 45th Annual race on Sunday, May 19th for the in person Lilac Run 5K, 10K and Dunkin' Dash!  Choose to run or walk in one, two or all three events!  If you register for both the 5K & 10K you will get just one t-shirt with the event and medal.


  • 5K begins at 8:00AM (all 5K participants need to be done by 9:20AM
  • 10K begins at 9:30AM
  • Dunkin' Dash begins at 11:30AM


  • Highland Park - the site of the Lilac Festival

Packet Pick Up for all events (5K, 10K and Dunkin' Dash):

  • Friday, May 17th from 10am - 7pm at Medved Running and Walking Outfitters (3400 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618)
  • Saturday, May 18th from 10am - 5pm at Medved Running and Walking Outfitters (3400 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618)
  • Sunday, May 19th starting at 7am - 11am at the Lilac Festival, location TBD

Participation perks:

  • Unisex Lilac Run t-shirt or upgrade to the Lilac Run crewneck!- register by April 30th to be guaranteed a shirt!!  Only limited quantities available after that!
  • Finisher medal
  • Timed event
  • Lilac Run After Party - DJ music & post race food

Race Routes:  Race Routes can be found here!


  • Age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
  • Awards given to Male and Female, 1st - 3rd in each age group for both the 5K and 10K

What is the Dunkin' Dash?  Who doesn't love donuts!?!?  Participate in the Dunkin' Dash which is a 1 mile fun run down Highland Ave.  Run a half mile, get a donut, and run back.  Enjoy visits from Cuppy the Dunkin' Donuts mascot.  All participants receive a donut and Dunkin' Dash t-shirt.  The perfect fun run to do with the family!

Proceeds:  The Lilac Run benefits Champion Academy, an organization that helps urban teens in poverty overcome their traumatic experiences and use them as fuel to drive their improvement as students, citizens and future professionals.  Consider donating when registering!

Training: Members of The Medved Endurance Project receive $10.00 on their race registration.

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