The 2018 Black Diamond Express

5K & Half Marathon Races

USATF Certified Course USATF 2017 Sanctioned Event

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Half Marathon starts: 8:00 AM • 5K starts: 8:20 AM

For 2018 (our 7th year!), we have CASH PRIZES for the Half Marathon ($300 to the male and female winners; $100 to the male and female 2nd place runners), and USATF Course Certification for the Half Marathon (NY17052JG).

2017 Race Results are in! It was a wonderful race on a wonderful day! Here are some photos, too! Be sure to keep an eye out for your finisher's videos in the next couple of days from RunSignUp!

Sponsored by:

Gold Sponsors include Fleet Feet Sports Rochester, Lattimore of Pittsford Mendon Physical Therapy, The Palmer Family of Companies (Palmer Food Services, G&C Food Distributors Inc, Palmer's Direct to You Market) and Dunkin' Donuts of Honeoye Falls.

Silver sponsors include Honeoye Falls Marketplace/Mendon Meadows Marketplace, Rochester Sports Chiropractic, and Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel.

[2015 Half Marathon Start]
The start of the 2015 Black Diamond Express Half Marathon.

The Lehigh Valley Trail is the former home to one of the most celebrated American railroads of all time: The Lehigh Valley — home of the famous Black Diamond Express passenger train, which ran from New York to Buffalo.

While the land that comprises the Lehigh Valley Trail is owned by Monroe County Parks, this rails-to-trails project was created by (and is maintained, year-round by) a small but passionate non-profit group called the Mendon Foundation, and we at the Mendon Foundation depend on privately-collected donations and volunteer help to mow, groom and improve it so that you can continue to enjoy it, year-round, for walking, hiking, biking, running, and more.

If you’re a runner, one of the best ways you can support the Trail and the Mendon Foundation is to run the Black Diamond Express Races, on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Register early for the best prices online or on paper.

The Black Diamond Express 5K

Race Course - 5K
The Black Diamond Express 5K starts in the Hamlet of Mendon near the baseball fields south of Route 251, runs 1.55 miles west toward Chamberlain Road, turns around, and ends right where it began!

The Black Diamond Express Half Marathon
(USATF Certified Course NY17052JG)

Race Course - Half Marathon
The Black Diamond Express Half Marathon starts in the Hamlet of Mendon near the baseball fields south of Route 251, runs 6.55 miles west toward Rush, turns around, and ends right where it began! The Black Diamond Express is the first half marathon event in the southeast portion of the county – and a flat and exceptionally beautiful one at that!

Here's what the 2017 handmade ceramic medals by Mendon's very own Geoff Gretton looked like - 2018 will have a fresh new design!

[New 2017 Medals]

This year's event is still a YellowJacket Racing Partner Event, featuring some special features, including enhanced logistics and a video finish.

Testimonials for the 2015 & 2016 Black Diamond Express Half Marathon

UNLEASH T-Shirts & Mugs

Due to popular demand, we also have a special series of our Unleash Your Inner Locomotive t-shirts and mugs available for purchase by the public (these are different from the shirts/mugs you receive as a registrant). You can purchase them at our CafePress store. They are available in 5 themes to reflect your favorite activities on the Trail: RACE, RUN, HIKE, BIKE, and WALK. (HIKE is depicted below.)

Hike The Trail Shirt

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