7:30 am    Race Start (for ALL events)
                     On Maplewood Drive in Maplewood Park (by the tennis courts)

The MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Both the Marathon and Half Marathon courses are USATF certified courses. The race will be using the MyLaps BibTag Timing System.  Chips will be attached to your bib.  

Click Here for Course Maps & Information

The MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon will not have a limit to the number of participants that register this year. The course and support of it will remain in place for 6 1/2 hours (7:30 am – 2:00 pm).  


We advise that participants park at Frontier Field (where the finish line is), where there is plenty of free parking. Shuttle buses will be provided to take you to the Start starting at 5:00 am until 7:00 am.  When you finish the race, you will be right by where you parked your car at Frontier Field. We HIGHLY ADVISE that you do not wait to get on the shuttle buses.  If you wait until the last shuttle bus at 7:00 am, we can not guarantee that you will make it to the Start on time. The race will start promptly at 7:30 am.

Spectators are allowed to take the shuttle buses to the Starting Line.  There will be shuttle service from the Starting Line back to Frontier Field after the race starts.  However, shuttle service back to Frontier Field will only be available immediately following the start.  It will not continue throughout the day. 

There will also be parking available in a Kodak Parking Lot, located on Maplewood Drive, between Kheel Street & Hanford Landing.  This is approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Start line. This lot will be open to participants and spectators and there is no charge to park here. Please be advised that if you park here on race morning, no transportation will be provided to bring you back to your car from the finish line.  CLICK HERE to see a map of where this parking lot is located. 

No cars will be permitted to drive to the Start Line to drop off participants.  


The Team Relay course is the same as the marathon course. Participants must have a minimum of three or a maximum of four runners per team. Distances covered by each relay runner differ slightly. If a team consists of three members, one member will be required to run two relay leg distances (they can be consecutive legs but they do not have to be).  Click Here for more information on the Team Relay.


Pace groups led by experienced pacers for a variety of times will be provided and organized by Fleet Feet Sports. Running with a pace group will help you have a more successful marathon experience by helping you to your goal time. Anyone can use this service, there is no charge for it.  There will be Pace groups for both the Full & Half Marathon.

We plan to have Pace groups for the following times:








Half Marathon:  









Participants of the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay will receive a gender-specific sized technical shirt; sizes will be guaranteed through August 15, 2016. Starting August 16th, all participants will still receive a gender specific technical shirt, however, sizing will be first come based on when you come to the Expo to pick up your packet.

Participants who are registered for any event by August 15, 2016 will get their name pre-printed on a custom bib.

All finishers will receive a unique finishers medallion as they cross the finish line. 


Cash Awards

For the Marathon & Half Marathon, cash awards will be presented to the first five overall male and first five overall female finishers. 

Full Marathon
1st Overall Male and Female $500
2nd Overall Male and Female $400
3rd Overall Male and Female $300
4th Overall Male and Female $200
5th Overall Male and Female $100

Half Marathon
1st Overall Male and Female $500
2nd Overall Male and Female $400
3rd Overall Male and Female $300
4th Overall Male and Female $200
5th Overall Male and Female $100

Age Group Awards - Marathon & Half Marathon
Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place finishers in the following men’s and women’s age groups for the Marathon & Half Marathon: 18 and under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. There will be no duplication of awards. 

Marathon Relay Awards
Team Category Awards: Awards will be presented to the marathon relay team finishing first in each of the following categories: Male Open, Female Open, and Mixed Open; Male Masters, Female Masters, and Mixed Masters (each runner must be 40 or over to qualify as a Masters Team). There will be no duplication of awards. 



Half Marathon:  There will be an awards ceremony announcing the top 5 overall winners of the Half Marathon at approximately 10:00 am.  Half Marathon Age Group Winners will not be announced.  For these awards, you can stop at the awards table once results have been posted to claim your award. Awards will also be available for pick-up after the race at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory between Sept 21st - Oct 2nd.  Age Group Awards can not be mailed.

Full Marathon & Relay:  There will be an awards ceremony announcing the top 5 overall winners of the Full Marathon at approximately 11:00 am.  Full Marathon Age Group Winners & Team Relay Awards will not be announced.  For these awards, you can stop at the awards table once results have been posted to claim your award. Awards will also be available for pick-up after the race at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory between Sept 21st - Oct 2nd.  Age Group Awards & Team Relay Awards can not be mailed.


All water stops will have water.  There will also be Gu Hydration Drink & Gu Energy Gels on course at specific water stops. See list below for what each water stop will provide.

Click Here for a Listing of Water Stops


There is a 6 1/2 hour course limit for the Full Marathon. If you are not keeping up to pace, you will be allowed to stay on the course, but may be asked to move to the side of the road or sidewalk, so traffic can resume. At this point, the course will no longer be supported by traffic control, Road Marshals, Water Stops or finish line. So please be sure to plan accordingly.
Click Here to see the time cut-offs for each mile. 


We will be timing the race using the MyLaps BibTag System. Your timing chip is on the back of your bib. By following just a few simple directions you can help make the timing of the race go smoothly:

  • It is very important that the bib is worn on the front torso of each participant. Not on your shorts, or arm, or back or under a jacket. It must be visible on the front of your torso.
  • Both "net time" (the time from crossing the start line to crossing the finish line) and "gun time" (from the time the gun goes off to crossing the finish line) will be provided in the official results. All awards and placing are determined by the official "gun time". "Net time" is provided for the runner's convenience and is not used for placing or awards.
  • If you lose, forget or misplace your bib on race day, there is a $5.00 replacement fee. No chip, no time.


Fleet Feet Sports will be providing athlete drop bags at Packet Pick-Up/Marathon Expo.  You can use this bag as your drop bag on race day morning. When you finish the race you can conveniently pick up your bag outside the food tent.   

By following just a few simply directions you can help make the delivery of drop bags go smoothly.

  • You must use the supplied bag as your drop bag. Bags can be picked up at the race expo on Friday or Saturday as well as at the start line. We can not accept other bags or items not in bags for delivery.
  • At the start, you will bring your drop bag to the designated area.
  • All items that you wish to have delivered from the start to the finish must fit inside the drop bag.
  • Be sure to write your bib number on the front of the bag.
  • The Drop bags will be delivered back to Frontier Field immediately after the start of the race. The Drop Bag truck will be located in the parking lot across from the stage. Show your bib number and you'll be given your bag.
  • You will not be able to claim your bag if you don't have your bib!

Any bag not claimed by 3:00 pm on marathon day will be donated to charity.  


There will be some road closures & delays the morning of the race. The race begins at 7:30 am in Maplewood Park on Maplewood Drive (by the tennis courts).  The course closes at 2:00 pm. But please keep in mind that roads will be re-open as the final runner passes each checkpoint. We appreciate the efforts of the Rochester & Irondequoit Police Departments, who along with volunteer road marshals will do their very best to lessen the impact to the community while keeping the runners and walkers out of harm’s way.

Click Here to see the list of road closures for September 18th.


Participant post-race recovery services and refreshments will be located at Frontier Field in the food tent at the Post Race Party sponsored by G&G Revolution.  There will also be a Fleet Feet Sports Recovery Zone located in the finish line area.  The Fleet Feet Staff and local Massage Therapists and Chiropractors will be onsite. This area is FREE and a great opportunity for a post race massage. 

There will be a live band at the finish line and a family fun zone, with inflatable funs for the kids. 


There will be Finish Line Kiosks located near the finish line at Frontier Field. After you finish, simply type in your bib number and your results will come up on the screen. Complete results can be found following the race here. 


We have partnered with Gameface Media and all participants will get free photo downloads after the race!  The week following the race, you can find the link to the photos here.



To ensure the safety of our participants during the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon, the Medical Director and Race Director will make decisions regarding the cancellation or alteration of the race when weather or other physical conditions present a danger to participants.  Please click here to see our Race Day Cancellation/Alteration Policy in whole.  


If you're new to running in road races, you may not be familiar with some of the rules – both stated and unwritten. The goal is to optimize the enjoyment of race day for all participants, so please be sure to follow these etiquette guidelines when participating: Race Etiquette for Athletes.