For the last 20 years, it has been the race that served as the unofficial kickoff of the racing season.
The popular race will return for its 21st year with a new sponsor — the YMCA of Greater Rochester — when it takes to the streets on Saturday, March 16, the same day as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Y has teamed up with Rochester Running Company to keep the 5-Mile road race running.
“We are honored to be part of this iconic race, one the community views as the first race of the season,” said Vanessa D. Martell, an associate executive director with the YMCA of Greater Rochester, who is an avid runner and has won this race in the past.
New this year will be a 1-Mile competitive race, to encourage runners of all abilities.
Runnin’ of the Green will start and finish downtown at Blue Cross Arena as it has traditionally done, and will follow the same route along the river to the University of Rochester and back. The race draws more than 1,500 runners each year. Also, as part of tradition, there will be green bagels served after the race.
The Runnin’ of the Green, previously sponsored Johnny’s Irish Pub, has been a staple in the Rochester running community since 1998. The Y found the race aligned well with the non-profit organization’s mission of wellness and healthy living.
Registration for the race is $25.
Learn more at RunninoftheGreen.com.