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This is our 8th year. All proceeds benefit , TAPS & Veterans Outreach Center.  These two organizations assist our veterans and the families of fallen soldiers.


Javier Ortiz Rivera was born in Cayey, PR on September 7, 1984. He moved to Rochester, NY at the age of 7 along with his family. Upon graduating high school he enrolled in the US Marine early entry program. In September of 2010 Javier was deployed on his 2nd tour to Afghanistan and 4th total in his 9 years as a Marine. He achieved a rank of Staff Sergeant and Platoon Leader. On November 16, 2010 Javier was killed by an IED roadside bomb while on foot patrol in an Afghanistan province. Javier represents all of the fallen soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our Freedom. Javier 26, was survived by his wife Veronica and three children, Alyssa, Andrew, and Anthony.

Course Info

The SSGT Javier Ortiz Memorial 5K Race and Fitness Walk is sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF# NY12901KL). The race will start and finish at Trout Pond . For a map of the course, parking and directions visit www.prfestival.com.

Race Amenities

  • Water stop on course
  • Digital display clock at finish
  • Accurate mile course
  • Post race refreshments and fun
  • Free entrance to PRFI Festival with proof of race bib (one night only) Festival at Frontier Field 8/5 to 8/7/2016.
  • Shirts available for the first 200 registered