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Get Ready for the 3rd Annual Metro 10 Buffalo vs. Rochester Run

Can Team 585 Rochester successfully defend its title for a third year or will Team 716 Buffalo be victorious?

Come on Buffalo! We can do it! Are you ready to take back the Metro 10 cup?

On Saturday, August 19, runners from Buffalo face off against our neighbors to the east in a fun 10 mile or 5 mile multi-surface race. Every runner’s time counts. Choose the city closest to your heart. Event organizer Thom Jennings says, “the runners choose which Metro area they want to represent, we call it the ‘metro closest to your heart’ because some people grew up in one area and may have moved to the other etc.”  

Last year Metro 10 sold out with 300 spots reserved a month in advance. This year Jennings, along with team captains, Marissa Pace (Buffalo) and Vickey Beaver (Rochester) have released over 400 participant spots, and expect a sell out in 2017 as well. Early bird rates end July 10, so act fast if you want to compete.

The participant cap is in place to guarantee a smooth event, Jennings said, “One of the best pieces of advice I received was to always make sure you plan your race to please the last person crossing the finish line, not the first. I remember one time when I finished a race they had run out of water and didn’t have any shirts left in my size. I never forget that when I plan the Metro 10.”

In addition to expecting 400 participants, Metro 10 has a strong presence of runners from a national veterans organization called Team RWB. Their mission to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. 

Proceeds from this event also go to benefit  The Warrior House of WNY. A 1500 acres farm located in Orleans and Niagara County that dedicated its land for hunting geese, ducks, turkey, deer, and pheasant. Hunts are organized for veterans and their families. Warrior House also works with local officials to  provide temporary housing for homeless veterans.

Don’t want to run or walk? Join the after-party, cheer on the participants, and find out who takes home the cup! The after-race party will include beer, food, and live music from national recording artist and Buffalo Native, Preach Freedom (from Rusted Root).


When:  Saturday, August 19, 2017
Location: Bullard Park, Albion, NY
Race Start Time:  8:00 a.m. (5 mile starts at 8:19 a.m)      

Click here to register.

10 MILE RUN $48 until July 10
(2:30 course cut off)

5 MILE RUN $39.50 until July 10
5 MILE WALK $39.50 until July 10
There are no additional registration fees.          
The course is USATF Certified (NY16121KL).                            

Packet Pickup Available in Buffalo and Rochester on Friday, August 18, 2017 at  Fleet Feet Sports @ the Armory (155 Culver Road, Rochester) for Team Rochester or Fleet Feet Sports Buffalo (2290 Delaware Ave, Buffalo) for Team Buffalo

  • Custom finisher medals for both 5 mile and 10 mile
  • Five water and fluid stops along the ten mile course (three of them are on the five mile route)
  • Free RaceJoy App!!! (New in 2017)
  • Logo embossed beer tasting glass
  • Metro-specific, gender-specific tech shirt for those registered by July 12
  • Post Race Tacos!
  • The winning Metro gets an additional prize.

Written by Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli is a WNY native, born and raised in the Lincoln Park area of Tonawanda. She has been involved in local politics from an early age and is currently a Tonawanda Democratic Committee Member. As an avid equestrian and animal-lover, she trained and re-homed over 40 horses. For over a decade, she was an event planner with the law firm, Hodgson Russ LLP, and now owns her own marketing and event management company. She has worked with international and national organizations on large and small scale events. Jessica writes on politics and local events, as well as working with Buffalo Rising as a social reporter.

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