Rochester Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk

pictured above- race director for RocJuneteenth 5k Gloria Johnson Hovey

Juneteenth is the celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19th, 1865. Please join us from wherever you are to take part in Rochester’s 5th annual 5K Run/Walk.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm this year they will be offering both LIVE and VIRTUAL options. The live race is being limited to 200 participants maximum and will take place in Rochester, New York at Genesee Valley Park, located along the Genesee River.  

The certified 5K course offers runners beautiful and scenic park views on winding asphalt roads. There will be light food and refreshments following the race and the committee will be announcing enhancements in the coming weeks.

Funds raised from ROC JUNETEENTH 5K will again go to support the construction of Rochester’s Historic Civil Rights Heritage Site at Baden Park.

Go to to register and/or donate to the Black Community Focus Fund.

Registration is open from now through Saturday, June 19, 2021 at midnight, and proceeds will benefit the construction of the Rochester Civil Rights Heritage Park site at Baden Park visit for more information

All registrants and donors receive a Claudette Colvin original poster designed by Amber Stokes.

Don’t forget as mentioned this year’s event is both live and virtual! Live Capped at 200 registrants due to COVID restrictions Virtual-Run/Walk at your own pace from now to June 19th (at midnight).

“We continue to commemorate over 400 years of Perserverance 1619- present.  ROC Juneteenth supports the work for equal justice through our dedication with our Run/Walk for Ahmaud Arbrey. Ahmaud, a black 25 year old young man who was pursued without cause and fatally shot in Glen County, Georgia on February 23, 2020 by 3 white men.  We use this #irunwithmaud to demonstrate our support for justice for Ahmaud Aubrey.” 

(image of Gloria Johnson Hovey found Facebook posts from 2020 race)