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The yearly Flower City Challenge attracts almost 2,000 participants



Rochester, New York – On Sunday morning, about 2,000 runners of various ages crowded Rochester’s streets in anticipation of the Flower City Challenge.

Numerous streets around Broad Street were closed off for the runners heading from Parcel 5 downtown towards East Avenue and then onto the south side of the city towards Highland Park.

According to the University of Rochester, thirty percent of the runners were from outside the city.

“The race is so important, not only to foster health and wellness but to get people downtown, eating at our restaurants, staying in our hotels,” said Ellen-Brenner-Boutillier, owner of Fleet Feet and Yellow Jacket Racing. “These guys are getting a roving historical tour today. So we’re excited to have the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Half Marathon here.”

“I feel really tired but really excited,” said Jessie Geoite from Fairport. “It’s amazing through the finish, and it makes you feel like a million bucks.”

“You never know what you’re capable of until you stretch yourself, and this is us stretching ourselves,” said Audrey Dunn from Webster.

“We run a lot of miles with me and my mom,” said Kinsley Churpita, a participant.

To every runner who took part on Sunday, congratulations.