Registration open for Hometown Hustle

Registration for the 5K Hometown Hustle, the signature fundraising event for the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, is now open.

The Hometown Hustle is entering its 7th year with a bold new goal: 1,000 participants who want to celebrate fitness, family time and fundraising for the foundation in a lovely downtown Rochester setting.

“The Rochester Community Schools Foundation was one of the first school foundations in Michigan, and we have a 17-year history of supporting academics, arts and athletics through student scholarships, mini-grants to educators and cultural and athletic programs,” said Debra Hartman, the foundation’s manager and Rochester Community Schools District spokesperson. “Funds raised through the Hometown Hustle are critical to continuing our mission.”

On Saturday, May 12, participants will travel through historic neighborhoods of downtown Rochester, the Rochester Municipal Park and along the picturesque Paint Creek and Clinton River trails. This is a timed 5K race and fun run/walk for all calibers of runners and walkers.  Pricing has been reduced to $50 for a family of five this year to encourage participation and community involvement. Individual registration is $20 and K-12 student participation is $10.

“The Hometown Hustle brings community members of all ages together to celebrate not only Rochester Community Schools, but the wonderful communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township that we call our hometown. We really want to make the Hometown Hustle a treasured community tradition; high turnout and active sponsorship support will make it possible,” says Hartman.

Community partners and individual Rochester-area families have already signed on to sponsor the Hometown Hustle. Current sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Seven premier sponsorships for $2,000, which include signage on prime road frontage near Rochester High School, Adams High School, Brooklands Elementary, North Hills Elementary and West Middle School. The signs will be prominently posted for 30 days prior to the Hometown Hustle.
  • $500 trail sponsors along the route.
  • $150 T-shirt sponsor.

For sponsorship information, contact Paul Gilbert at 586.731.7450 or or Barbara Fornasiero at  To register for the race, visit

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