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.
Kids Fun Run, 15K and 5K
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8:30am Sat 12th Oct 2019 - 9:30am Sat 12th Oct 2019
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Dayton, United States
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Where and when
Tech Town Building 3, 241 Taylor St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA
Start times
9:00am Sat 12th Oct 2019
9:30am Sat 12th Oct 2019
8:30am Sat 12th Oct 2019
Kids Fun Run:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The Gem City Classic 15K, 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run
Route information
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.
Organizer route images
What's included
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
How to get there
Tech Town Building 3, 241 Taylor St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA
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Event day logistics
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+
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