9 5K Runs to Hit This Spring



Written by Jason Hugar

Published on April 1, 2014

Important 5K Runs in Buffalo  |  Spring

With every passing month of spring bringing us more sunshine and warmer weather, runners around Western New York will soon be scampering down the trails and jogging in the parks. So it’s time to fold up that treadmill, and hurry outside to pound the pavement. Whether you’re a newbie on the scene or an ultra-marathoner looking for a warm-up, we have a 5K that will get you moving.

The best part about these races is that they’re not just for exercise. These 5Ks are charitable events meant to get Buffalonians of all ages involved in the community. All of the following events are sanctioned by USA Track and Field.



April 6 – Canisius College Shoes for the Shelter 5K


Contact: John Maddock,

If you just got to get out and run right away, then dash over to the 16th Annual Shoes for the Shelter 5K presented by Canisius College and Independent Health . Over the past twelve years, the event has collected over 25,000 pairs of shoes for the St. Vincent DePaul Society, whose simple mission is to help anyone in need. Feel free to bring anything from your three-inch party heels to your most basic pair of running shoes.

The race begins and ends at Main and Delevan. Their much raved about post-game party sponsored by the Hyatt Regency features a yogurt bar and live music.


April 26 – Mathletes Cindy Frank Memorial 5k Run and Walk 


Contact: Bill Frank,

(716) 668-7081

As a dedicated teacher of mathematics for thirty-five years, Cindy Frank served as a model for her students and her community. Come on out to West Seneca and honor her memory by participating in this 5K run, or take a relaxing 1K walk. Either way, have some fun, get some exercise, and support math education. Proceeds from the race go to a scholarship in Cindy’s name, and benefit the Buffalo Hospice Angels Fund.

This flat route race takes place at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church on Indian Church Rd. in West Seneca. Afterwards, enjoy the festivities that feature 50/50 drawings, pull tabs, raffles, and a bounce house.


April 26 – UB Run for Smiles


Contact: Ashley Nozik,

(585) 507-1898

Started by student activist Anna Bailey in 2012, the UB Run for Smiles celebrates its third year of community outreach. Take a holistic approach toward fitness, and help the UB Dental School, CARES program, and Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance promote better access to dental care. Your involvement also gets the word out about UB’s free dental clinics and mobile dental vans.

Tour the University at Buffalo’s South Campus and surrounding community during the race. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female winners. Post-party will feature live music.




May 3 – Friends of Night People “Putting Hunger on the Run” 5k Fun Run and Walk


John Abbarno,

(716) 884-5375

I think we can all agree that in a country like the United States, no one should go hungry. If you want to do something to help feed the working poor and homeless in Western New York, then step out to the Friends of Night People’s 5K Run sponsored by D’Youville College, Wegmans, and Ingram Micro. You can also donate your old running shoes if you decide to get a new pair of kicks for the race.

Meet up at Niagara and Vermont at 9 a.m. A couple of days prior to the 5K, a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbeque will be held at the D’Youville College Center. Feel free to take advantage of the D’Youville Chiropractic Department’s services following the race.

May 13 – Bully Free 5K Run


Contact: Kelly Gasior, 

(716) 816-4809

Witness grassroots organizing at its best. Get in on the ground floor of a great event for an important cause that seems to be everywhere in the media these days. According to race organizer and 1st Grade teacher Kelly Gasior, this 5K race at Lorraine Elementary School is just the beginning of a larger effort to keep South Buffalo schools “Bully Free.”

The family of the late Jaime Rodemeyer will be there to sound the starting horn, and present eight students with the Jaime Rodemeyer Active Bystander Award. The race begins at 6:15pm.


May 17 – Run with the Rapids 5K/Relay for Life


Contact: Dan Mezhir, 

(716) 278-2111

Want to take it up a notch in May? Then head up to the Falls for the 6th Annual Run with the Rapids 5K held by the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association. Once you finish the race, stick around for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Spend your morning supporting local business, and devote your afternoon to a celebration of our community’s survivors.

Run with the Rapids begins at Old Falls and Third St. The Relay for Life starts at noon on 101 Old Falls St. Both events will feature food, drinks, and entertainment.




June 7 – Chasing Away the Stigma 5k


Contact: Ashley Ramos, 

(716) 983-8062

Sponsored by the Colorful Minds Foundation, the Chasing Away the Stigma 5K is dedicated to advancing awareness and fostering support for those with mental illness and their families. Enjoy a brisk run through Chestnut Ridge Park’s rolling hills and 1,213 acres of woodland beauty.

The race is held in park’s Lower Loop. Enjoy the post-race awards ceremony complete with food, refreshments, door prizes and basket raffle.


June 14 – Susan G. Komen WNY Race for the Cure


Contact: Gina LaPlante, 

(716) 866-1522

You can’t talk about 5K races without mentioning the Race for the Cure. Its symbolic pink ribbon is synonymous with breast cancer awareness, and this nationwide event draws thousands of participants around the country every year. With a host of national and local sponsors, the organization is always in need of runners and volunteers to help things move smoothly on race day. This is where to go if you want to be a part of something big.

Everyone will meet up at the Delaware Park Rose Garden. Be sure to look thoroughly over the website for details. This event has plenty of pre and post race activities, media personalities, and entertainment.


June 21 – Trooper Brinkerhoff 5K and 10K


Contact: Mike Brinkerhoff,

(716) 604-8949

Close out the month of June by paying your respects to a local hero. David Brinkerhoff was killed in the line of duty in 2007, while serving as a New York State Trooper. David committed himself to public service throughout his life, and assisted in the aftermaths of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. With a 5K, 10K, and two smaller races for the kids, everyone will find a way to challenge themselves on race day.

Start and end your day at Boston Town Park on Boston State Road. First Responders are encouraged to form teams and compete in a friendly competition between law enforcement, fire, and rescue personnel. Enjoy lots of food, music and fun immediately after the race.



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