Run 4 Your Life 5k


The 9th annual Run For Your Life 5k will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 9:30am – 12:30pm in Central Park in Schenectady.


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Pre-race packets will be available for pickup on Friday, March 23rd

from 11am – 6pm at 1242 Fourth Avenue, Schenectady. 


Course Information

Our 5k Run and Walk will both begin at 9:30am in front of the Schenectady Central Park Pavilion (marked Start/Finish on the map). Runners should stay to the front of the starting area, while walkers should stay to the back. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome, but please be courteous of your fellow race participants and plan your starting location accordingly!

Remember, you are running outside in March, so please dress for the weather! There will be radiant heaters in our pavilion to keep runners and spectators warm before and after the race, along with hot coffee and chowder!


There will be an awards ceremony following the race for overall male and female winners, and for the top three finishers in each age group division in the 5k run. Please join us following the conclusion of the race in the pavilion to celebrate our winners!

Kids Fun Run

Don’t forget about the kiddos! The FREE Kids Fun Run begins immediately after the conclusion of the race. Kid participants will race around Central Park’s Iroquois Lake, chasing Batman! All Kids Fun Runners will receive their very own medal for participating!


When should I arrive and where can I park?
Parking is available in and around Central Park as marked on the Race Map. Please note! Fehr Ave will be closed beginning at 9am for the race, and will not reopen until after all of the run/walk participants have cleared the course.  Race participants should plan to arrive at least 1 hour prior to the 9:30am start time. Participants that did not attend “Early packet pickup” should plan to arrive 90 minutes prior to the start.

I am pre-registered and cannot run; can I pick up my packet?
Yes, please inform the registration volunteer you do not plan to run, so they can remove the race BIB from the packet.

Can I pick up a packet for a friend or family member?
Yes, you will be asked to sign a form with the runner’s name, your name and contact information.

Can I run with my dog?


Can I run with a stroller?


Do you use disposable chips?
YES, we use B’tags… and your chip is located on your Race BIB.

Can I register day of race?
YES, Day of registration is available for $30. Please arrive early if you are planning on registration day of.

About Run 4 Your Life

Brian, a member of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club, gathered together firefighters and members of the community to put on the first Firefighter’s Run 4 Your Life race on March 27, 2010 in Central Park, the “Crown Jewel” of Schenectady, New York. There were 260 runners, 5 relay teams and 40 children participating in the “Kid’s Run.” Along with Schenectady Fire Department, there were six other departments represented. Firefighters from Albany, Troy, Saratoga Springs , Amsterdam, Glens Falls, and Niskayuna took part.

With the help and guidance of attorney Paul Harding of the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzoti, the first race was a success raising $5000 which was donated to the American Heart Association. New for this year, all proceeds directly benefit the local community via the Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation.

As with road running, the training is on-going. It is our hope that the relationships established with our first race will continue to grow in the running and business communities. We look forward to increasing our participation and fund raising success.

All proceeds benefit the local community via the Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to directly impact and improve the lives of Schenectady Firefighters and their families who fall victim to cancer.