1891 Run

A 5K Run/Walk for the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center

Due to continued COVID-19 concerns, the 1891 Run is a Hybrid Race for 2021

Participants will be able to walk or run the 1891 Run route in person on Sept. 19 or run any 5k route between Sept. 6-18, 2021.


Live In-Person Race Registration

Register for the live Sept. 19 in-person race HERE, then  come to the starting line by 9am Sun., Sept. 19.  (See information on packet pickup below.)   There is no race day registration; all participants must register in advance.

1891 Run Course Description


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The course begins on Day St. between Lambert and Church Streets adjacent to the Village Hall parking lot, and ends on Church St. directly in front of Village Hall.  It includes portions of Temple St., Central Ave. and Brigham Rd., as well as a portion of Ring Road on the State University of New York at Fredonia campus.  It is USATF-certified as Course #NY17080JG.

There is a short, small incline at the start of the course; otherwise, this is a flat, fast course.  

Virtual Run Registration

There are three ways to participate in the virtual run:

(1) Register for the virtual race HERE.  Then, download the RaceJoy app and complete the normal 1891 Run course, which is outlined below.  (RaceJoy is a free phone app for iPhones & Android devices.); or

(2) Register for the virtual race HERE.  If you do not live in the Fredonia area and cannot complete the normal 1891 Run course, download the free RaceJoy app and complete a 5k run/walk using your own 5k course anywhere; or

(3) Register for the virtual race HERE.  If you cannot run with a cell phone or are not interested in using the RaceJoy app, complete a 5k run/walk using your own timing device on the normal 1891 Run course or your own course anywhere.  Then report your time via text message or through your online registration profile. 

All registrants will receive an email on Sept. 6 that the race period has begun and with instructions on how to provide results using the RaceJoy app or manually.  A second email on Sept. 17 will remind registrants that the virtual race period closes on Sept. 18.

Using the RaceJoy App

RaceJoy is a free phone app for iPhone & Android devices designed to maximize the experience for both participants and their supporters.  Runner will be assigned a number and time period (Sept. 6-18) to run the course.

At the starting line, runners simply open the RaceJoy app and find their race.  When ready to run, participants press the start button.  At the finish, runners receive their time and place on the live leader board.  Runners also are able to submit time via text message or through their online registration profile.  (Please note: runners NOT using the RaceJoy app can report their times for results posting, but are not eligible for medal consideration.)

RaceJoy app tutorial:  https://youtu.be/cUUqXeKOom0


Packet Pickup

The Opera House will provide Swag Bags for all participants in a drive-thru pick-up format on Sat., Sept. 18, 9am - noon.  For those who register prior to Sept. 6, t-shirts will be included. 

All registrants' names will be entered into a random drawing for a variety of prizes.  Winners' names will be drawn on Sept. 19.  Winners will be contacted directly for prize pick-up.  (Please note: no t-shirts or swag bags will be mailed.)


Live race medals will be awarded to the First, Second and Third Place male and female finishers overall and the First, Second and Third Place male and female finishers in each of the following age brackets:

14 & younger
76 and older 

Virtual Race medals will be awarded to the First, Second and Third Place male and female finishers overall.  Virtual Race medalists will be contacted for medal pick-up.


THANK YOU to our Generous Sponsors:












                                              ArtDen Designs

                                   Basil Chevrolet Buick Cadillac

                                           Courier Capital, LLC  

                                   Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Club

                                         HBKS Wealth Advisors

                                     Larson-Timko Funeral Home

                          Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, PC 

                                  Bahgat & Laurito-Bahgat, CPAs
                                      Central Station Restaurant
                   Melissa Sorci Taft, Interior Designer at The Barn 3521
                               Foley, Foley & Passafaro Law Offices
                                         Fredonia Beaver Club
                                   Fredonia Heating & Plumbing
                                               Kirk's Jewelers
                                     Lawley Tradition Insurance
                                      North Chautauqua Dental
                                          TOPS Friendly Market