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The Gem City Classic 15K, 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run

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Join us for the Gem City Classic 15K, family fun 5K, and Kids 1K Fun Run at Tech Town in Downtown Dayton!

This will be the final race in the Miami Valley Race Series, which includes the Crossroads 5K and the Historic Germantown 8K! The race takes place in Beautiful Downtown Dayton where it makes a fast and very flat loop, while passing areas such as Deeds Point Metropark, Island Metropark, Dragons Stadium and many other beautiful landmarks.

How to enter the The Gem City Classic 15K, 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run

  1. 15K

    Run 15km
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  2. 5K

    Run 5km
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  3. Kids Fun Run

    Run 1km
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The Gem City Classic 15K, 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run routes


This a flat and fast course that begins and ends at Tech Town in Downtown Dayton. The course makes a short loop past the 2nd Street Market before taking the Great Miami River Trail to Stewart St. It crosses the Stewart St Bridge and rejoins the Great Miami River Trail on the north side of the river where runners will run along the flat and fast section by the river until popping out on Riverside Drive at the Korean War Memorial. From there runners make there way past Island MetroPark before returning to downtown via the Webster St Bridge, making their way past 2nd Street Market one more time and finishing at Tech Town.


This a flat and fast course that begins and ends at Tech Town in Downtown Dayton. Beginning on Taylor St, runners head down to the 2nd St Market before heading onto Webster St where they will cross the Bridge and head through Deeds Point MetroPark before making a U-turn on Bend Blvd and returning the same way. This course is a fast and flat out-and-back with scenic views of the Mad and Miami Rivers as well as Downtown Dayton.

Kids Fun Run:

The Kids Run starts and finishes at Tech Town, making a short 1K loop that runs by the 2nd Street Market. The course will be closed to vehicular traffic at all times.

Event Details

15K and 5K Runners will receive:

  • Official race shirt
  • Gorgeous finisher medal (if you have completed the Crossroads 5K and Historic Germantown 8K your medal will connect to the others via a beautiful Ohio shaped medallion!)
  • Fast race course that cruises alongside the river into downtown before heading back to the park
  • Chip timing
  • Live music by Hey There Morgan
  • Excellent selection of post-race food
  • Handmade in the USA wooden awards for Overall, Masters, and Age Group winners three deep (15K participants only)
  • Portion of race entry supports Families of Addicts
  • The final step in earning the coveted fourth medal in the Miami Valley Race Series to complete the shape of Ohio!

Kids Fun Run participants will receive:

  • Custom finisher medal
  • Custom race bib
  • Post-race food


One can register online until the race begins, even on your phone. Or you can register on one of our computers from 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. on Saturday 12th October at 241 Taylor St, Dayton, OH 45402 (Dayton Children’s Hospital building at Tech Town Dayton).

Children can be registered on the registration site or at packet pickup.

We do not allow the transfer of registrations.

Packet Pick-Up:

Friday October 11th, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. @ New Balance Dayton, 304 E Stroop Rd, Dayton, OH.
Saturday October 12th, 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. @ Tech Town, 241 Taylor St, Dayton, OH 45402.

You may pick up someone else’s packet only if you bring their proof of registration with you to packet pick-up.


7:30 a.m. – Registration and packet pickup opens
8:30 a.m. – 1K Kids Fun Run presented by Dayton Children’s Hospital
9:00 a.m. – 15K Run presented by New Balance Dayton
9:30 a.m. – 5K Run presented by New Balance Dayton
11:00 a.m. – Award Ceremony

Water Station:

The 5K has a water stop at the turnaround and the 15K has 4 water stops spread throughout the course. Water stop locations are shown on the course maps.

Medical Support:

Dayton Children’s Hospital will be on site with trained staff to deal with any medical issues that arise during the event.


Awards for the following divisions in the 15K only:

Top Three Overall Male & Female (Cash) – 
1st - $200
2nd - $150
3rd - $100

Top Three Master’s Male & Female (New Balance Gift Cards) –
1st - $100
2nd - $75
3rd - $50

Age Group Divisions –
14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

What is the age limit on the 1K Kids Run presented by Dayton Children's Hospital?

While there is no firm age maximum, we generally encourage children over the age of 12 to participate in the 5K or 15K.

Are walkers allowed to participate and are there time limits?

All events are walker-friendly. With a 9:00 a.m. start, the 15K course has a maximum course time of roughly 2.5 hours or until 9:35 a.m. The 5K has a 2 hour cutoff. 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 11:35 a.m.

May I use an iPod or other device for music?

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.

Are there any age minimums?

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.

Are baby joggers, strollers, rollerblades, dogs or bicycles allowed in any event?

Baby joggers and strollers are permitted but we ask that you start at the back of the field. Rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles or any other wheeled devices are not allowed. Further, USATF does not allow dogs on the course.

Will there be a gear check?

No, there will not. We encourage participants to securely store your gear in a locked vehicle during the event.

Does this race support any causes?

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.

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The Advanced Running Project is a fully integrated running company that offers all services a runner and/or race director needs. Built on a foundation of knowledge, experience, and passion, Advanced Running is at the forefront of growing the running community from the local to the international level. Offering professionally produced events, apparel, a club, elite team, and event consulting, Advanced Running is truly a home for all things running. Our mission is to create healthier communities by going the extra mile. We strive to constantly increase the number of people who run while simultaneously encouraging runners to constantly seek to better themselves as runners and as people in order to leave the world better than we found it. After starting the Advanced Running online running in late 2011 that now boasts 22,000+ users, the foundations of wanting to grow the running community was born. That forum coupled with Brandon’s passion for running and experience in producing world class races would lead to the creation of the Advanced Running Project. A place where runners can participate in industry leading races, purchase apparel to show off their lifestyle, run with like-minded individuals, compete as a team, and even a place where other race directors could find a resource to help them produce their own events. The Advanced Running Project has never been and will never be about a specific distance, PR, finishing position, or anything of that nature. The Advanced Running Project simply supports the relentless pursuit of personal growth through running.


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