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 and walkers,

As the current public health situation continues to unfold, there is significant uncertainty as to whether our physical race will take place. Given those uncertainties we do not feel it appropriate at this time to take new registrations from participants. Our virtual race options are still available, simply X out of this announcement and click register.

At a later date if we feel certain this event will take place, we will open registration back up. If we are forced to cancel, we will provide numerous options to those who were already registered. If you are already registered and would like to switch to the virtual event, please send us an email at and we will change your registration for you.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support during these difficult times.

Happy Running,

Brandon Hough
Advanced Running Project

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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