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Don Crawford Plaza - 220 N Patterson Blvd, Dayton, OH 45402
Are there bathrooms onsite?
Yes, plenty! We rent numerous portos! We always encourage participants/spectators to use the bathroom before they arrive but there are plenty of options onsite!
Is there gear check?
No, we do not offer gear check. Parking is widely available right near the start/finish however so you can quickly access your vehicle. Please keep your vehicle locked at all times as a precaution.
What's the course like?
Both courses are extremely fast. Beginning near Dragons Stadium the races head north up Patterson, pass Island Metro Park and then head towards Deeds Metropark. The 5K then turns around and heads back the same way. The 15K heads to the Great Miami River Trail and heads towards Eastwood Metropark before uturning just after Findlay Ave. Both courses are incredibly flat and fast.
Is this a USATF Certified Course?
The 15K course is certified however due to current conditions we are working on a new course and do not have the new certification number.
Is there a course map?
Yes, please click "Course Map" under the race info tab to view an up to date course map.
Is there water on the course?
Yes! There are four water stations on the 15K course and 1 on the 5K course.
Are there time limits?
Yes, due to the need to reopen the roads as required by our permit there is a one hour and fifteen minute cutoff.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, we simply ask you stay to the outside and at the start please stage further back. Please be respectful of others on the course.
Are dogs allowed?
No, our events are insured through the Road Runners Club of America and our insurance policy specifically does not cover dogs and does not allow for them at our events.
Is there medical support?
Yes, we have an AED onsite and Dayton Children's Hospital always has a staff member onsite to support the event. Additionally ARP staff is AED/CPR certified.
Is this event chip timed?
The Gem City Classic has partnered with Speedy Feet, the leading event timer in southwest Ohio to provide chip timing. Runners will have a disposable timing chip on the backside of their bib and will not have to do anything in order to get 100% accurate results!
Are there awards??
15K - Yes, we do handmade in the USA awards for the top 3 overall male and female, top 3 overall male and female masters runners, and top 3 in standard 5 year age groups.
5K - No, there are no awards for the 5K aside from the finisher medals.
Are there cash prizes?
Yes, they are as follows;
Top Three Overall Male & Female (Cash prizes)
1st - $200
2nd - $150
3rd - $100
Top Three Master's Male and Female will receive New Balance Dayton Gift Cards
1st - $75
2nd - $50
3rd - $25
What is the 15K course records?
Men - 48:46.4 - Matt Lemon (2019)
Women - 58:31.8 - Maria Scavuzzo (2019)
Is there a bonus for breaking the 15K course record?
Yes, anyone who breaks the course record will receive an extra $100.