The Gem City Classic 15K and 5K Presented by New Balance Dayton

Sat October 10, 2020 Dayton, OH 45402 US Directions
Dayton's premiere road race!

The Gem City Classic 15K presented by New Balance Dayton

9:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
All the quality, just a bit shorter!

The Gem City Classic 5K presented by New Balance Dayton

9:15AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
Short and safe for the kids!

Gem City Classic Kids' 1K Fun Run presented by Dayton Children's Hospital

8:30AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
All the gear shipped to your door!

The Gem City Classic 15K - Virtual Entry

$60 Price increases after September 27, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
A shorter virtual option, gear mailed right to you!

The Gem City Classic 5K - Virtual Entry

$35 Price increases after September 27, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
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.

Don Crawford Plaza
220 N Patterson Blvd
Dayton, OH US 45402

The Gem City Classic 15K and 5K will be the final race in the Miami Valley Race Series, which includes the Crossroads 5K on July 11th, the Historic Germantown 8K on August 1st, and the Brook Mills 10K on August 22nd! The race takes place at Tech Town in beautiful downtown Dayton where it makes a fast and very flat out and back with a loop at the top through 5 of Dayton's most beautiful parks to include, Deeds Point Metropark, Island Metropark, Triangle Park, Wegerzyn Gardens, and Deweese Park. Your entry includes,

  • 15K - Official race hoodie
  • 5K - Official race shirt
  • Custom finisher medals with sublimated ribbons for both the 5K and 15K (complete the entire series to earn a custom medal rack to display your four medals!)
  • Handmade in the USA wooden awards for overall, masters, and age group awards (15K only, there are NO 5K awards)
  • Certified and fast course
  • Chip Timing
  • Custom Race Bibs
  • Great selection of post-race food
  • Live DJ
  • A portion of race proceeds supports Family of Addicts
There is also a 1K Kids' Run presented by Dayton Children's Hospital (event is untimed). All registered children will receive,
  • Customer finisher medal
  • Custom race bibs
  • Post-race food
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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