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Please note: Online Registration is now closed

If you would like to join us Sunday, you can register there at the walk. Please give yourself 45-60 minutes to park, shuttle over, register and then start your event. See you then!

Each year, thousands of people in our region are diagnosed with cancer. Join us for the fourth annual Wilmot Warrior Walk on Sunday, September 11 at the Highland Park Bowl as we celebrate cancer survivorship and remember those we've lost to cancer. Proceeds from this event support the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program and cancer research at Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Learn More:
- Event Details
- Schedule For The Day
- Parking Information
- Route Map and Other Race Information
- Food Vendors
- Route Map and Other Race Information
- Visit the Survivorship & Wellness Tents
- Wilmot Warrior Walk Honorees
- Get Involved
- Discounted Team T-shirt Information
- Our Sponsors
- Contact Us

Event Details:
- Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Highland Park, near the Highland Bowl
- Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
- $25 per person registration fee (non-refundable), or $100 in pledges. Includes race or walk, live entertainment and bounce houses at the Highland Bowl
- Runners can pick-up their packets Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Medved, 3400 Monroe Avenue. Please note, if payment is owed, only cash or check will be accepted during packet pick-up at Medved. Walkers can pick up your packet the day of the event during registration starting at 7:30 a.m. (Credit cards will be accepted at the event.)
- Download the Brochure for more information

Schedule for The Day:

7:30 a.m. - Registration opens
8 a.m. - Program for 10K Walk
8:15 a.m. - 10K Walk begins 
9:30 a.m. - Program for 10K Run and 5K Walk
9:45 a.m. - 10K Run and 5K Walk begin
10 a.m. - 5K Run begins Registration Closes
10:05 a.m. - 1 mile Walk begins (not a timed race)
10:30 a.m.  - Celebration at the Highland Bowl (Scott Spezzano emcee, the No Name Band plays music, food trucks, bounce houses, bring your picnic blanket and hang out on the lawn!)
11:45 a.m. - 
Honoree Recognition Ceremony
1:00 p.m. - Event Ends

Parking Information: (Parking Map)

- When planning your arrival time at the Walk, please allow at least 20 minutes to park, catch a shuttle, and get to the Walk registration area just in case
- Parking for the Wilmot Warrior Walk can be found in the Park Lot off of Intercampus Drive (514 Intercampus Drive, Rochester, NY). This lot backs up to the Genesee Valley Park and has over 500 spaces.
- Shuttles will run from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. approximately every 12-15 minutes and can take you from the Park Lot to the corners of South Ave. and Robinson Drive where the registration tent for the Walk will be.
- Shuttles will drive through the Park Lot and pick people up along the way, with the primary two stops for people on either end of the parking lot.
- We are encouraging everyone to use the reserved lot on campus, off of Intercampus Drive. You are free to find on-street parking closer to the event should you choose to at your own risk.

Food Vendors:

The following food vendors plan to be on site selling food for the Wilmot Warrior Walk, so make sure to bring your wallet: 
- Le Petite Poutine
- Upstairs Bistro
- Smoothie Plus
- Jimmy Z’s
- Susie Roe Grill and Catering

*Due to technical difficulty Hogan's Hideaway will not be able to participate in the Wilmot Warrior Walk. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Route Map and Other Race Information:

1 Mile Route:
- Participants will start at Robinson Drive and head towards Mt. Hope Ave
- Right on Mt. Hope Ave.
- Left on McLean Street
- Do a U-turn on Wilson Blvd. and head back the way you came.

5K Route: (Map) Stays on the east side of the Genesee River
- Participants will start at Robinson Drive and head towards Mt. Hope Ave
- Right on Mt. Hope Ave.
- Left on McLean Street
- Left on Wilson Blvd.
- Just before Fraternity Road on the UR campus turn right (at West Riverbank walking bridge) on the Genesee Riverway Trail (this is like a U-turn)
- Take a sharp right after the River Parking Lot, and take walking bridge
- Cross over Wilson Blvd. (on walking bridge) onto David Jane Hill Court Road
- Right on McLean
- Right on Mt. Hope
- Left on Robinson Dr.

10K Route: (Map) Crosses the Genesee River going north (west side), returns on east side
- Participants will start at Robinson Drive and head towards Mt. Hope Ave
- Right on Mt. Hope Ave.
- Left on McLean Street
- Left on Wilson Blvd.
- Right onto Genesee Riverway Trail at Library Road (this is like a U-turn)
- Stay on that until Court Street; right on Court Street
- Cross Court Street bridge using side walks
- Right on South Ave.
- Merge right back onto the Genesee Riverway Trail
- Left on Wilson Blvd (near Intercampus Drive)
- Right on McLean Street
- Right on Mt. Hope
- Left on Robinson Dr.

We will award medals for the top three competitors (both male and female) in the following age groups via MAIL after the race:
- 14 years old and under
- 15-19 years old
- 20-29 years old
- 30-39 years old
- 40-49 years old
- 50-59 years old
- 60-69 years old
- 70-79 years old
- Over 80 years old

Both the 5K and 10K Runs are timed races, the 5K, 10K and 1 mile Walks are not timed events.

Visit the Survivorship & Wellness Tents:

After you run or walk, join us at the Survivorship & Wellness Tents for healthy lifestyle tips, cancer survivorship resources and giveaways. University of Rochester nutritionists will pass out recipes, fresh fruit and Wegmans Wholesum granola bars. The Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program will provide survivors and caregivers with resources about improving outcomes, getting support, using what's available in the community and more. Plus, if you visit the Survivorship Program's table, you can pick up a free Wilmot Warrior Walk wristband. A few local community groups will also be present to share information.

The tents are also the perfect place to try yoga or tai chi. Whether you're new to these ancient practices, are a seasoned yogi, or just want to stretch after your walk or run, this is your chance to practice and learn from the experts. We'll have areas set up where you can meet local tai chi and yoga instructors as well as exercise trainers from the University of Rochester PEAK Lab. Come and go as you please and stop by as often as you'd like. We can't wait to connect with you and hear how we can support your journey to not just survive but to thrive in life.

Scott Spezzano.jpgAbout our Emcee:

Scott Spezzano of 98.9 The Buzz is a staple in Rochester radio as co-host of The Breakfast Buzz weekday mornings with Sandy Waters and Chris Konya. He's participated in a number of charity events throughout Rochester. Cancer is something that has impacted his own life, and we're excited to have him as part of our event on September 11.

Wilmot Warrior Walk Honorees:

Each year at the Wilmot Warrior Walk, we recognize cancer survivors and caregivers who have inspired us. Members of the community nominated these individuals because of the manner in which they dealt with life despite facing cancer. Congratulations to the 2016 Wilmot Warrior Walk honorees!

- John Aarne, rectal cancer survivor from Macedon, and Valerie Aarne, his daughter and caregiver
- Paul Barden, rectal cancer survivor from Fairport
- Meghan Bauer, acute lymphoblastic lymphoma survivor from Greece
- Jason Buitrago, testicular cancer survivor from Rochester, an Christopher Buitrago, Jason’s husband and caregiver
- Jimmy Catalano, diagnosed with bladder cancer and passed away in 2016
- Walter Chatman, Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor from Rochester
- Frank Colasurdo, lung cancer survivor from Newark
- Mike Crumb, pancreatic cancer survivor from Hilton
- Charleen Davis, breast cancer survivor from Orlando, Florida
- Dennis DeVelder, brain cancer survivor from Gates
- Jessica Drexler, colon cancer survivor from Gates
- Eugene Evanitsky, brain cancer survivor from Pittsford
- James Garrity, prostate cancer and lymphoma survivor from Irondequoit
- Mary Georger, caregiver from West Irondequoit
- Lorraine Griggs, caregiver from Webster
- Matthew Hazzard, lymphoma survivor from Cooperstown
- Paris Lanning, caregiver from Greece
- Robert Larter, non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor from Rochester
- Denise Lazore, from Brockport, survivor of cervical cancer, breast cancer, multiple myeloma and lung cancer
- Olivia Marsh, diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma-currently in treatment, from Pittsford
- Kailee McManus, tongue cancer survivor from Avon
- Kevin Rhode, esophageal cancer survivor from Penfield

- Steven Pelino, brain cancer survivor from Penfield
- Walt Standhart, pancreatic cancer survivor from Greece
- Jacqueline Vaccaro, lacrimal sac (sinus)cancer survivor from Greece
- Willard “Jim” Walker, larynx cancer survivor from Greece
- Jim Walsh, colorectal cancer survivor from Pittsford

Get Involved:

Here’s how you can play a part in this year’s Wilmot Warrior Walk:
- Help make this event possible by becoming a sponsor.
- Volunteer at the event. We have many opportunities available.
- Can’t make it? Consider giving a donation.

View photos from last year's event ›



2016 Wear Jeans for Wilmot Program:

Businesses and organizations around Rochester and the Finger Lakes region are invited to participate in Wear Jeans for Wilmot. This is a relatively easy way to support local cancer survivors and patients as well as the 2016 Wilmot Warrior Walk, which benefits the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program and local cancer research. To participate, you pick the date for your organization and complete the participation form. We’ll provide flyers to help you promote it beforehand and a tracking sheet for your team. Employees or members of your organization pay $10 to participate that day. The $10 includes a T-shirt as well as a donation to the Wilmot Warrior Walk. Someone from Wilmot will come to your company or department on your selected day to take a photo to share on Wilmot’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We hope you’ll join us in this fun way to support local cancer survivors. Questions about Wear Jeans for Wilmot can be directed to Tiffany Paine-Cirrincione at (585) 276-4715 or

Discounted Team Shirts from Crazy Dog T-shirts:

This year, we’re encouraging all of our teams to show team spirit by creating their own shirts to wear at the Wilmot Warrior Walk September 11. Maybe you came up with a zany, creative name you’d like to display on your shirts, or perhaps your team is fundraising in honor of a survivor or in memory of someone you’ve lost. Use your shirts to show the reason why you’re involved! If you order through our partner, Crazy Dog T-shirts, let them know your shirts are for the Wilmot Warrior Walk and they’ll give you the Wilmot Warrior Walk special rate. Multiple colors are available and they can help with design, too. To learn more or order your team’s shirts email

Want to donate with a check?

For those wishing to support a person or team by mailing in a check, you may mail it to the address below. Please note in the memo who (or what team) you are supporting, and Wilmot Warrior Walk in the memo line of the check. Without this information we will not know that your check is supporting the Walk, or any specific team or person registered. Wilmot Cancer Institute 300 East River Road Box 278996 Rochester, NY 14627



Thank you to our Sponsors:


Warrior Sponsor

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Survivor Sponsors

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Fighter Sponsors

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Supporter Sponsors

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Friend Sponsors

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