7:30 am    Marathon Starts
    7:45 am    Half Marathon Starts
    7:30 am    Marathon Relay Starts


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.  


MARATHON 26.2 Mile Course (Certification #NY-09049-JG)

Click Here for the Full Marathon Course Description

The runners for the full marathon will be staged on the bridge on Andrews Street. At the sound of the gun, the runners will leave the starting line on Andrews and make a right turn onto Franklin Street. You will cross Main Street and continue down East Avenue going east. The full marathon course for the Rochester Marathon features a relatively flat course, great volunteer and neighborhood support, a scenic view of some of our well-known and not-so-well-known landmarks, i.e. the Eastman House, the Rochester Science Museum.

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 seven hours (7:30 am – 2:30 pm). 


HALF MARATHON 13.1 Mile Course (Certification #NY-09053-JG)

Click Here for the Half Marathon Course Description

The Half Marathon course for the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon will also line up on the bridge on Andrews Street. The half-marathon course will feature a relatively flat course, great volunteer and neighborhood support, and some of the same scenic views as the full course such as: the Eastman House and the Rochester Science Museum, along with other points of interest. 


MARATHON RELAY (26.2 Mile Course)
The relay exchange points are as follows:

Leg 1: From the starting line to the Park & Ride lot at St. John Fisher College is 6.5 miles.

Leg 2: From St. John Fisher to the Burgundy Basin Inn is 6 miles.

Leg 3: From the Burgundy Basin Inn to Clinton at the Erie Canal is 7.5 miles.

Leg 4: From Clinton to the finish line at Frontier Field is 6.2 miles.

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 are approximately six to seven miles. 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).

Shuttle Buses will be available to take you to the relay points and to pick up Relay runners and return them to Frontier Field. The bus schedule will be included in your runners packets or you can click here to download one now. Only participant with bibs will be permitted on these buses.



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:


         Name Pace
Chris Patterson 3:30
John Sabatine 3:45
Kevin McPherson 4:00
Liz Pfleghardt 4:15
Michael Bray 4:30
Tim Cassidy 5:00



        Name Pace
Jim McLaughlin 1:45
Peter Donald 1:50
Wendy Abbott 2:00
Bambi Jasmin 2:10
Kathy Reardon 2:15
Rob Jacob 2:30


Participants of the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay will receive a gender-specific sized technical t-shirt; sizes will be guaranteed through August 3, 2014.  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; to the first three male masters and first three female masters finishers only if no masters runners finish in the first five overall finishers.  There will be no duplication of awards.

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
1st Overall Masters Male and Female $200
2nd Overall Masters Male and Female $100
3rd Overall Masters Male and Female $50

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
1st Overall Masters Male and Female $200
2nd Overall Masters Male and Female $100
3rd Overall Masters Male and Female $50

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.



The Strathallan Rochester is the Official Host Hotel of the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon.  Click Here for Hotel Information.



The electrolyte drink on course will be Fluid. Fluid creates no-nonsense electrolyte & recovery drinks to help athletes be healthy, active, and do what they love.  Their products are easy on the stomach - low in sugar, lactose free and gluten free. They have a great mild taste and are made 100% in the USA. 

The energy gel on course will be Clif Shot Gel.  Clif SHot Gel is made with all natural and organic ingredients and has no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.  Simply squeeze into your mouth and follow with a swig of water.  Flavors on course will be Vanilla, Chocolate & Raspberry.

To see which Aid Stations will have Fluid and/or Clif Shot Gel:

Full Marathon Course Aid Stations

Half Marathon Course Aid Stations



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.   



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.



There will be some road closures & delays the morning of the race. The race begins at 7:30 am on Andrews Street in downtown Rochester, with the course closing at 2:30 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 Police Departments and the Monroe County Sheriff Department, 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. Please click here to see a list of road closures and delays on race day.



How long do I have to finish the Marathon?
The race starts at 7:30 AM and the course closes at 2:30 PM, so you will have seven hours.

I've already registered for the Marathon, but realistically I'm only going to be able to finish the Half Marathon distance.  Can I switch over to the Half Marathon from the Full Marathon?
You can switch from the Full to the Half or vice-versa through August 31st for no charge.  For any changes made September 1st or later, there will be a $10 administrative fee to make the change.  You also have to pay the difference if the event entry fee you are switching to is higher.  All change requests must be made prior to September 13th - no exceptions.  To make a change:

  • If you originally registered on-line, please click here.    
  • If you originally registered by paper application, please click here.

Can I walk the Half Marathon?
You can run or walk the Half Marathon, but if you chose to walk the half, be sure to listen for instructions from the traffic control entities as they may ask you to move to the sidewalk. There is a 7-hour course time limit for walkers or runners.

Will the mile markers be labeled?
There will be mile markers at every mile along the course on both the Full and Half Courses.

What if I need to drop out of the race while I'm out on the course?
If you need to drop out of the race, please inform either a Water Stop Captain or a Road Marshal and give them your bib #. They will communicate this to our Command Post so we will know you are no longer on the course.

Do I need to provide my own transportation to and from the Marathon Relay exchange points?
Relay Shuttles that will be provided for you at Frontier Field. The first shuttle will leave the corner of Plymouth Ave & Morrie Silver Way at 7:00 am for the drop-off at the St. John Fisher Park and Ride Lot. Shuttles will continue from Frontier Field to all of the relay exchanges and back to Frontier Field until all runners are back in. We have been asked that you do not park at the Clinton Avenue exchange point since there is not adequate parking.  The preference is to either have someone drop you off and continue on, or even better, RIDE THE SHUTTLES FROM FRONTIER FIELD OUT TO THE COURSE AND THEN BACK. Please

click here to see the bus schedule for drop-off & pick-up times.


Will any of the roads be closed to traffic?
click here

to see the list of road closures and delays on race day.


Will I be able to register for the marathon events on the day of the race??
There will be absolutely NO DAY OF REGISTRATION. You may register at Packet Pick-up on Friday, September 19th from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Online registration will close Sunday, September 21st at 6:00 am.  You can not register on-site race day morning, but can register online until 6:00 am.



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