Inaugural Gem City Classic 5K
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 5PM
101 E Helena St, Dayton, OH 45405
On-site registration will be available at packet pick-up on the afternoon of the race beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Join us for the inaugural Gem City Classic 5K on October 13th at Island Metropark! Enjoy a fast, family friendly, fun 5K and a 1K Kid’s Fun Run.
3:30 p.m. – Registration and Packet Pickup Opens
4:40 p.m. – 1K Kid’s Run presented by Dayton Children’s Hospital
5:00 p.m. – 5K Run presented by New Balance Dayton
6:10 p.m. – Award Ceremony
Friday – October 12th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ New Balance Dayton on 304 E Stroop Rd, Dayton, OH.
Saturday – October 13th (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) @ Island Metropark
101 E Helena St, Dayton, OH 45405
Our races are directed by the Miami Valley’s only RRCA Certified Race Director. We strive to produce professional events and act ethically and transparently as is required of all RRCA Certified Race Directors.
Top 3 Overall and Top 3 Masters runners for the entire series (includes the Historic Germantown 5K and Crossroads 5K) based on net time are eligible for the following awards:
1st Male/Female – $250 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award
2nd Male/Female – $150 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award
3rd Male/Female – $100 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award
1st Masters Male/Female – $100 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award
2nd Masters Male/Female – $50 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award
3rd Masters Male/Female – $25 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award
The Gem City Classic 5K presented by New Balance Dayton is comprised of a 5K and 1K Kid’s Run presented by Dayton Children’s Hospital. All events will take place on Saturday 13 October 2018.
1K Kid’s Run – 4:40 p.m.
5K Run – 5:00 p.m.
Children can be registered on the registration site or at packet pickup.
While there is no firm age maximum, we generally encourage children over the age of 12 to participate in the 5K.
The series is comprised of three 5Ks including the Historic Germantown 5K, the Crossroads 5K on August 11th in Vandalia, and the Gem City Classic 5K on October 13th in downtown Dayton. Runners who complete all three races in the series will earn a fourth finisher medal that connects to the first three medals to create one giant finisher medal in the shape of Ohio!
Yes! The top 3 male/female runners for the entire series as well as top 3 male/female masters runners for the series are eligible for fantastic awards. The top 3 in each of those categories will be determined by lowest cumulative race time for all three races. Series awards are as follows:
1st OAM/F – $250 to New Balance Dayton, 1 pair of New Balance running shoes, large handmade in the USA wooden award.
2nd OAM/F – $150 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award.
3rd OAM/F – $100 to New Balance Dayton, large handmade in the USA wooden award.
1st Masters M/F – $100 to New Balance Dayton, handmade in the USA wooden award.
2nd Masters M/F – $50 to New Balance Dayton, handmade in the USA wooden award.
3rd Masters M/F – $25 to New Balance Dayton, handmade in the USA wooden award.
All events are walker-friendly. With a 5:00 p.m. start, the 5K course has a maximum course time of 1 hour or until 6:00 p.m. Any runner/walker that fails to maintain the minimum pace will be asked to move onto the sidewalks to facilitate opening the roads on time. The Finish Line will officially close at 6:00 p.m.
iPods or other music devices are allowed but we ask that you stay safe and aware by keeping volumes at a low level in case of emergency. Rule 144.3 of USA Track and Field enables race directors to choose to allow the use of headphones by runners in non-championship races. At this time we have chosen to allow runners to be able to compete with headphones in.
Island Metropark – 101 E Helena St, Dayton, OH 45405
There will be two packet pickups!
On Friday the 12th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at New Balance Dayton at 304 East Stroop Rd in Dayton, Ohio.
On race day packet pickup will be located at the Band Shell in Island Metropark in Dayton, Ohio from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
All runners may only pick up there own race packet. If you are unable to pick up the night before, there is race day packet pickup.
Absolutely! One can register at Packet Pickup from 3:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Saturday the 13th of October at the Band Shell at Island Metropark in Dayton, Ohio.
No. We do not allow the transfer of registrations.
While there are no refunds, we do allow deferrals in cases of injury or emergency. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event taking place notifying us of your intent to defer. When registration opens for the following year, you will need to email us again with a copy of the original email as proof.
The Gem City Classic has partnered with Speedy Feet, the leading event timer in southwest Ohio to provide chip timing. Runners will have a disposable timing chip on the backside of their bib and will not have to do anything in order to get 100% accurate results!
While we have no age minimums, we encourage parents of young children to run alongside them during the event to create a safe and memorable family experience for all. Additionally, all those under the age of 18 must have a parental waiver signed.
Baby joggers and strollers are permitted but we ask that you start at the back of the field. Roller blades, skateboards, bicycles or any other wheeled devices are not allowed. Further, USATF does not allow dogs on the course.
Yes! If the shirt you doesn’t fit the way you like, you can exchange on the spot at Packet Pickup!
No there will not. We encourage participants to securely store your gear in a locked vehicle during the event.
On average, at 5 PM in mid October one should expect temperatures in the low to mid 60s and moderate humidity. However these are merely averages and weather can change any given day, especially given an evening race. We will update participants on what to expect in the 48 hour window before the race.
This USATF Certified 5K is fast. The race begins at Island Metropark before proceeding south via Bend Blvd to the Webster St Bridge. The courses makes its way down Monument before heading back to Island Metropark via Riverside Dr. Given that the course hugs the water’s edge the entire way, this course is flat!
It sure is. The USATF Certification # will be provided approximately 1 month before the event.
Yes! As the course crosses over the Mad River, there will be a water station at 1.4 miles. Make sure to thank the volunteers for spending their Saturday afternoon helping with the event!
Yes! Dayton Children’s Hospital will be onsite with trained staff to deal with any medical issues that arise during the event!
Um, of course!
All runners will receive a beautiful finisher medal with a custom ribbon designed by Ashworth Awards. We aren’t leaving out the children either, every kid who finishes the kids runs will receive a finisher medal too!
Runners who place top 3 overall, top 3 in the masters division, or top 3 in any age group will receive a handmade in the USA wooden award designed and made by our friends at Elevation Culture, trust us, it’s worth it to run fast to get one of these!
The award ceremony will take place right after the conclusion of the kid’s run, approximately 6:15 p.m.
The Advanced Running Project stands firmly behind all participants who train with integrity and in order to support the overwhelming majority of runners and walkers who participate in our sport fairly, we have a very strict policy in regards to all dopers, cheaters, liars, etc. If we find that a registered participant has been found guilty of doping, has been caught cheating, or has been caught lying about their age or home of record in an attempt to win an award within the past 10 years, they will be permanently banned from all future races and their names removed from our results. Further, we will contact all race directors and running clubs both local and in neighboring states as well as local, regional, and national governing bodies of the sport making them aware of such violations.
We take these issues very seriously and will address them on a case by case basis as we are made aware of any rule breaking at our events.
You know it! We’ve got live music on site and great food! When the show is over, head down to Lock 27 (you ran by it in mile 2 by Fifth Third Field!) and continue the party!
The race has partnered with Families of Addicts, a local charity working to empower those with addictions and giving support to their friends and family. The Advanced Running Project will be presenting FOA with a portion of the race proceeds at the award ceremony.
We absolutely do! When you register using the same account as you did for your ORRRC membership, you will receive 15% off your race entry. This discount does not apply to virtual entries or kid’s runs.
We certainly do! Runners 18 and under always get $10 off what ever the current registration price is. No discount codes required, simply enter the birth date of the runner and our registration partner will add in the discount.
You bet! Groups of 4-6 get $3.50 off per registration and groups of 7 or more get $5 off per registration. No discount codes required, our registration partner handles the pricing automatically when you register a group of 4 or more.