Lilac Run 5K, 10K & Dunkin' Dash

TBD Rochester, NY US 14620


8:00AM EDT


9:15AM EDT

Dunkin' Dash

11:00AM EDT
Lilac Run 5K, 10K & Dunkin' Dash Postponed

New Date: TBD

We’re reaching out today first and foremost to you and your families in this uncertain time to wish you good health and well-being.

We want to give you the latest information on the Rochester Lilac Festival as it stands today.

We want to assure you that we’re monitoring the situation closely with our festival partners and taking guidance from the CDC and affiliated government agencies in relation to the hosting of large events to determine the best course of action.  We have been informed that we will not be able to hold the Festival during the originally planned timeframe of May 8-17th, but we are hopeful that we will be able to reschedule.

As time progresses, and more information is known, we’ll be letting you, our 5k, 10k and Dunkin’ Dash participants know if, and when we plan to reschedule the races. All entry paid fees will be applied to the rescheduled races. In the event that we are unable to reschedule, all paid fees will be applied to the 2021 races. If you would like to request a refund, please contact

Again, we value the importance of your participation in our events. We want to assure you, that we take our relationship very seriously and will continue to practice our communications and partnerships in an ethical, transparent way.

We are cheered by the good will and support this community has shown to one another through this trying time and look forward to brighter days ahead when we can be together to celebrate this great city we call home.

In good health,

The Rochester Lilac Team


Join us for the Lilac Run 5K, 10K and Dunkin' Dash!

**As we continue to prepare for the first major festival of the spring in Western New York and this race, it’s hard not to be distracted by the pesky Coronavirus that is turning the world around us upside down.  Rest assured that we have been, and will continue to take guidance from the Monroe County and New York State Departments of Public Health into planning for this event. However, the situation related to Coronavirus is changing daily and we will have to see where things stand closer to the event to determine all appropriate actions.  We are two months away from the race and we are hopeful that by then, life will have returned to a somewhat normal state. First and foremost, we will do what is recommended to ensure the health and safety of our community.  Also know that in the alternative, should the race have to be cancelled in its entirety, race entry fees will not be forfeited and more information will be sent out in regards to registration options.  We have a GREAT festival planned and after this ‘Corona Siege’ passes, we will all be ready to celebrate spring in a Lilac way!  Looking forward to seeing you all in May.

We are proud to partner with the USATF and offer the 10K as a USATF Niagara 10K Championship Race.  The Lilac Run is also part of the Rochester Runner of the Year Series!  Established in 1979, the 5K and 10K race will restore your faith in Mother Nature and re-invigorate your workouts for the summer season ahead. The famous lilac gardens of Highland Park, also the backdrop for the event’s after-party, mark the beginning and end of the races. With the aroma of 1500 lilacs filling the air, runners start out heading east on Highland Avenue, move through the rolling hills of the park and then turn south through the residential town of Brighton before returning back through the park.  Enjoy the Lilac Run After Party in front of the Sahlen's Center Stage with live music, bagels, coffee and snacks!  Pancake breakfast, beer, mimosas and Bellinis will be available for purchase.  All children in the 5K or 10K that are 6 and under are free (discount appears at checkout).

The Dunkin' Dash is back again in it's 4th Edition!  This race is for both the competitive racer and occasional runner/walker, and provides an opportunity for participants of all ages to help benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center while having fun!  Participants will race a half a mile to the donut pit-stop where they will get a box of Munchkins® to either stuff their face or carry back to the finish line, totaling a 1 mile trip!

April 25, 2020 is the last date to choose your shirt size. After this date, sizes are first come, first served while supplies last.

Options to enhance your race day experience when registering:

  • Lilac Runner’s Lounge which includes a Private Tent & Lounge Area, Private Air Conditioned/Heated Bathrooms, Reserved Premium Parking, Bag Check, Premium Refreshments and Pancake Breakfast for only $30!
  • Pancake Breakfast which includes warm pancakes with breakfast sausage & fruit cocktail for only $6.50!

Check out the Lilac Run 5K Route HERE

Check out the Lilac Run 10K Route HERE

Event Awards:

Overall 10K Awards for Male and Female:
1st Place: $750
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250
Masters (40+): $125

Overall 5K Awards for Male and Female:
1st Place: $100 

Age group awards (Male and Female in each division) for both the 5K & 10K:
1st place: Free entry to 2021 Lilac Run 5K or 10K
2nd place: $15 gift card to MedVed Running and Walking Outfitters
3rd place: Rochester Lilac Festival Travel Mug

**Age group divisions:  19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over


Race Day Map
1440 South Avenue
(Start/Finish Line is located on Highland Avenue Across St. Johns Home)
Rochester, NY US 14620
Race Contact Info

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