Subaru Buffalo 4-Mile Chase

Race registration is now open for 39th Running of the Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase, an Elmwood Village Summer Tradition!

Friday, July 19th 2019…the social event of the summer. The Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase is more than a run; it’s a signature event on Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell Parkway.

Over 1,400 runners from age 7-82 from around the world are expected to participate. Supporters and additional visitors will fill the Elmwood Village and join in the fun of watching world class athletes compete while enjoying live entertainment in a family friendly atmosphere. Over the past 38 years, runners have participated from all 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

To register for the race:


2019 Subaru 4-Mile Chase

Date: July 19, 2019
Location: Elmwood Village

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From Rochester

Pay toll – Continue on thruway (Do not go towards Niagara Falls) Exit 51W (Route 33 West) to 198 – 198 to Elmwood South Exit – Stay on Elmwood to Bidwell Parkway.

From the Peace Bridge

Left on Porter to Richmond – Left on Richmond to West Utica to Elmwood – Left on Elmwood to Bidwell Parkway.

Race Details

Date & Time

  • The 39th Running—Friday, July 19, 2019
  • 11:00 a.m.—Registration and Expo begin
  • 5:00 p.m.—Pre-Race Party and Live Music
  • 6:30 p.m.—Elite introductions and pre-race instructions
  • 7:00 p.m. SHARP—Race starts


Rectangular – Out & Back – USA Track & Field Sanctioned – NY87016BT. Starting and Finishing on Bidwell near Elmwood.


Every mile.


At the 1-mile mark on Delaware Avenue, beyond the 2-mile mark near the Red Cross on Summer Street, and at the 3-mile mark at the Casa Di Pizza on Elmwood Avenue and Hodge Street.


The weather traditionally is very warm. Take plenty of water before, during and after the race.


No facilities available—come dressed to run.

Fees & Registration

Pre-Race (U.S. Funds Only)

  • Checks payable to ECMC Foundation
  • $30.00 if postmarked by July 16, 2019
  • $15.00 race winners
  • $12.50 ages 14 and under
  • $7.50 ages 75 and over

On Race Day (Friday, July 19, 2019)

  • $35.00 U.S Funds (Canadian at Daily Bank Rate, cash preferred) from 12:00 p.m. until race time
  • Pre-registered runners may pick up numbers and T-shirts on Bidwell Parkway (please register early to guarantee a T-shirt, avoid higher fees and longer lines)

*Special Note

Race Winners Discount – All overall winners (male and female) of road races of 5k or more held regionally, nationally, or internationally between 1/1/19 – 7/4/19 are eligible for a discounted entry fee of $15.00 to the Subaru 4 Mile Chase. Fill out entry form, attach or indicate the race, date held, distance and winning time. Entries must be mailed and you must pre-register by July 5th, 2019. Verification will be made. You must pre-register by mail only. We reserve the right to refuse entry.


Numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt or shorts. Bandits will be escorted off the course by trained bandit catchers. Do not switch numbers.

Awards & Prizes

Age Group Awards – DEEP!

The Buffalo Subaru 4-mile chase will be presenting awards in the following age groups based on the number of entries in each age group. In addition, $50.00 will be awarded to the age group winners starting with the 20-24 age group category.

Male and Female

7-9, 10-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-over.

Couples Division

M/F – $150 – $100 – $50 (elite and invited runners are not eligible)

Kids Races

A special FREE Kids Race for boys & girls in 3 divisions (5-6yr. olds, 75 yards; 7-8yr. olds, 100 yards; 9-10yr. olds, 150 yards) will begin at 6pm. Fill out and mail registration form to enter your child.

Open Male-Female

  • 1st $1000
  • 2nd $500
  • 3rd $300

Masters Male-Female

  • 1st $550
  • 2nd $250
  • 3rd $100

US Male-Female

  • 1st $600
  • 2nd $350
  • 3rd $100

Top Local Male and Female – $75

Course Record Bonus

  • $750 Masters Male & Female
  • $500 Open Male & Female
  • $500 U.S. Male and Female

*Must be US Citizen to be Eligible for US Prize Money

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