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Mayor Richards encouraging people to participate in Flower City Challenge

Posted at: 04/22/2013 7:35 AM
Updated at: 04/22/2013 7:49 PM
By: Ray Levato

Rochester has a road race of its own coming up this weekend. It's called the Flower City Challenge with a half-marathon on Sunday.

The organizers say there's something for everyone this weekend from the experienced runner to the casual jogger. Nearly 4,000 athletes are expected from 27 states. The marathon winds its way through downtown and a variety of Rochester neighborhoods.

The goal is to make this event safe for all, especially because of what happened in Boston. Mayor Tom Richards said the city has an incident action plan that involves more than just the police, fire and ambulance services and they want your eyes and ears to help them.

Mayor Tom Richards said, “If they see something they're not comfortable with, if they see something they think shouldn't be the way it is, we encourage them to report it. Either report it to one of the police officers or firemen you will see on duty there, and you'll see lots of them. Or for that matter, you can do it by just simply calling 911.”

The sponsors say there's something for everyone. On Saturday, there's a run and bike duathlon. Also, the most challenging paddle triathlon with a 5K run, a 20 mile bike ride and a 5K paddle on the Genesee River. Then Sunday, it is the half marathon, which is a 13.1 mile race through the city. Mayor Richards says he will be there at the finish line to cheer on the runners.

City neighborhoods are encouraged to compete to show their enthusiasm for the runners. Last year, the Highland Park Neighborhood won the Spirit Award with the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood coming in second.