Thank you for participating in our 10th anniversary event! Save the date for next year’s event on Saturday, August 25, 2018.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Register for Tops5K/10K

Help us tell cancer to hit the road!

The TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk is one of Buffalo’s premier running events, bringing together nearly 2,000 runners and walkers each year in support of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Participants can choose between the 5K or 10K course, both USATF-certified and chip-timed.

Each participant receives a commemorative t-shirt with their registration. Prizes are awarded for each race to the overall winner, overall TOPS & Roswell Park associates, and to the top three participants in their age group.

Immediately following the run, a post-race party takes place in the TOPS/National Fuel complex parking lot, with an awards ceremony, door prizes, raffles, auctions, music, food and beverages.

Make sure to bring the whole family! There will be a free Kids Sprint for all children ages 10 and under prior to the official race start.

Tops 5K Schedule

The TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk starts and ends at the TOPS Corporate Headquarters located at 6363 Main Steet in Williamsville.


12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (NEW!) Pre-race Packet Pickup at Tops Corporate Headquarters located at 6363 Main Street (Click here for directions)

  • Registered runners can stop by to pick up their packet and avoid the lines on Saturday morning.
  • Anyone that is not yet registered can still register for the pre-registration price of $30.
  • Team Roswell participants can also drop off any donations they have collected.


7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration Open

9:00 a.m. Peyton's Dash of Courage Kids Sprint

9:20 a.m. Start Line Remarks

9:30 a.m. All Courses Begin - 5K and 10K

10:00 a.m. Post-race Party Begins as 5K & 10K Runners Return

11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony Basket Raffle & Auctions Close

11:30 a.m. Basket Raffle & Auction Winners Posted

2017 Theme

Be Brave
Joe Burgio Image

Joe Burgio

Be Brave Award:

For this year’s 10th anniversary of the event, we wanted to create an award in honor or memory of a special individual who exemplified strength and bravery in their fight with cancer. From dozens of nominees, four finalists were chosen for the inaugural Be Brave award: an annual race category that will ensure that the honoree’s legacy will live on for years to come.

While all of the nominees’ stories were inspirational, the community voted the Be Brave award to be named in memory of Joseph Burgio, a long-time Tops employee who lost his battle to cancer in July 2017.

Thank you to all those who submitted their nominations and voted for this year’s nominees.


Proceeds from the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk support the cutting-edge research and patient-care programs that benefit the 32,000 patients who turn to Roswell Park for hope. Donations are further used to improve the patient and family experience, support new clinical treatments and procedures, provide proper clinical space to meet the increasing demand for cancer services, and educate the next generation of cancer scientists and clinicians.

Getting started is easy. When you register online for the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk, a personal fundraising page is created just for you! Use this page to reach out to family, friends and co-workers by asking them to donate to your run. Check out the fundraising levels below to see what rewards you can earn for your fundraising efforts.



$300 Team Roswell water bottle
$400 Team Roswell drawstring backpack
$500 Team Roswell t-shirt

Runner Support Signs

Customize a sign to feature your own personal message of encouragement for participants or in honor or memory of a loved one. Purchase a sign now

Ribbon Support Sign

Designed to feature the name of a loved one, ribbon support signs will be placed along the start line for all participants and spectators to see as the event begins.

Route Support Sign

These large lawn signs will be evenly placed along the 5K & 10K routes for participants to see as they are completing the course. Support a friend or family member who may be participating in the event, honor a loved one or send a general message of encouragement and support to participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Questions

  1. Where/How can I register?

    Register online here. Call the Roswell Park Special Events office at 716-845-8788 to register by phone or mail a completed registration form to: TOPS Markets/5K Race for RPCI Community Relations P.O. Box 1027 Buffalo, NY 14240-1027.

    Paper Registration Form

  2. Is there an entry fee?

    Yes, pre-registration is $30, and day-of registration is $35. Student registrations $10.

  3. Do I have to register in advance to participate in the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk?

    No, registration will be available on the day of the race. The entry fee does increase to $35 on the day of the event.

  4. Is there an age limit to participate in the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk?

    No, everyone is welcome!

  5. Who qualifies as a student participant in the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk?

    A student is anyone in school, including college. If you are in college, you must have a valid college ID.

Event Questions

  1. What are the age groups that receive prizes?

    10 & Under 50-54
    11-14 55-59
    15-19 60-64
    20-24 65-69
    25-29 70-74
    30-34 75-79
    35-39 80+


  2. Is breakfast and/or lunch provided at the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk?

    Yes. There will be breakfast and lunch provided for everyone.

    Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. when registration opens and will be available until 9:30 a.m. when the races begin. Lunch will be available beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. when the post-race party begins.

  3. Where can I park?

    Parking is available at the TOPS/National Fuel complex. There will be signs on the day of the event to indicate parking.

  4. What if it is raining on the day of the event?

    The TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk will be held rain or shine.

  5. Are the courses certified?

    Yes, both the 5K and 10K course are USATF-certified.

  6. Is this a timed event?

    Yes, both the 5K and 10K courses are chip-timed by Score-This!!!

  7. Are dogs allowed?

    Dogs are not allowed on any of the courses.

  8. Are strollers allowed?

    Strollers are allowed on all routes. We just ask that those with strollers stay towards the back of the start line for safety reasons.

  9. Can I walk the 10K?

    For safety reasons, the only course that is available for walkers is the 5K.

  10. Where can I find the race results?

    Chip timing is provided by Score This!!! A complete listing of race results, including participant times, will be available post-race at

  11. Can I switch which course I’m running?

    Yes, please use the contact form to switch the course you are running.
    All course changes need to be completed by 9:00 a.m. on race day.

  12. Is there a bag check?

    A bag check is not provided at this event. Parking is close to the start and finish lines so participants are encouraged to leave their personal belongings in their vehicles or with spectators.

  13. Where does the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk take place?

    The TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk starts and ends at the TOPS Corporate Headquarters located at 6363 Main Street in Williamsville.

Kids Sprint Questions

  1. What are the age guidelines for the Kids Sprint?

    Children between the ages of 5 and 10 are eligible to participate in the Kids Sprint.

  2. What time does the Kids Sprint start?

    The Kids Sprint will take place at 9:00 a.m.

  3. Is registration required for the Kids Sprint?

    Yes, we ask all parents or guardians to register their children on the day of the event in order to participate in the Kids Sprint.

    Registration for the Kids Sprint opens at approx. 8:00 a.m.

Video Gallery

Clinical Trials at Roswell Park

Check out this video featuring Dr. Fenstermaker and the amazing research going on in his lab. Proceeds from the event support his work and many other cutting-edge cancer research projects at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Tops 5K 2016 Honoree

Hear from Dr. Boris Kuvshinoff, Roswell Park Chief Medical Officer, cancer patients and the 2016 honoree, and see why your support is so important.vz

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