The Gem City Classic 15K & 5K

Challenge yourself over 15K or 5K and see the sights and sounds that give Dayton its nickname, The Gem City.

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Registration for the in person Gem City Classic 5K and 15K has been temporarily paused.

To our runners, walkers, friends, and community members,

It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the 3rd Annual Gem City Classic 15K & 5K. Given the ongoing public health crisis, the city of Dayton and Fiver Rivers Metroparks have revoked our permits allowing us to hold the event.

That said, here's what we're doing. If you have not registered and would still like to be a part of our virtual event, we would love to have you! Simply hit the X in the top right, click sign up, and register! Do note that we are capping virtual entries at 130 participants to facilitate ordering of supplies.

For those who have registered already, you will have four options that are listed below. Please note that you have until midnight on August 30th to choose your option. If you have not chosen an option by this time you will automatically be placed into the 2020 Gem City Classic Virtual event. This date is in place so that we can order the correct quantities of medals and shirts to avoid waste and losing more money this year.

1) Switch your physical registration to a virtual registration and we will mail you your shirt and medal!

2) Defer your entry to 2021 at no cost. You will receive nothing this year but your entry will already be paid for in 2021!

3) Gift your registration fees and we will donate 100% of your entry to Families of Addicts. You will receive no items for this but we thank you for supporting FOA!

4) A no questions asked refund policy. We have carefully watched the situation over the past few months and outside of a few early expenses, we have carefully saved the money of those who registered allowing us to offer this option.

We'll end by stating that we get the frustrations everyone feels. The Advanced Running Project is owned and operated by a competitive runner who longs to race and to produce races. Thus this is obviously not the end result we wanted either as we had to cancel every race we were set to produce this year. Know that we will be back though and we appreciate your continued support in the interim. Until then, keep running because running isn't cancelled!


Brandon Hough
Advanced Running Project

Here Are Your Options:

Virtual races happen all the time and allow you to join the fun without the crowds. You simply run the distance on your own whenever you want, report your results (we’ll send you instructions but it's super easy), and then we send you your shirt and medal!

By choosing this option you will not receive a shirt and medal this year but will have a free entry to the 2021 GCC. The entry to the 2021 Gem City Classic cannot be transferred to anyone, it must be used by person who deferred. We will send out emails before registration opens in 2021 with a code to use for your entry so that you do not have to pay.

Now more than ever our local charity partners need support. Our charities partners use the events we produce as a part of their annual budget and without these events, they lose a lot of money. By choosing this option you help us continue to support our great charities during this time.

Refunds are not the industry standard but we are proud to have made good decisions through all of this and to be able to offer them as we know the financial impacts this pandemic has had on so many. Please note that choosing this option does not initiate the refund process automatically, it simply notifies us that you want a refund. We will gather them all and process them in one batch. Thus it will be a few weeks before you are refunded, please be patient with us.

Why run the Gem City Classic?

Set in beautiful downtown Dayton on a route that crosses rivers, passes beautiful metroparks, and highlights so many of the city's greatest features. The course alone warrants participating. That's just the beginning though.

This race also includes beautiful finisher medals, handmade wooden awards, free race photos, fresh local pizza and chocolate chip cookies at the finish, and a live DJ to keep the energy high.

This will be the fall race you don't want to miss!

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