Cincinnati Upstander 5K: What you need to know

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Written by Brianna Connock, Marketing & Outreach Associate

This year’s Upstander 5K, brought to you by the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and Cincinnati Museum Center, takes runners and walkers underneath historic Union Terminal and on a scenic route through the West End and Price Hill. Whether you’re an avid runner or this is your first race – the Upstander 5K is the perfect new race route for you. Here are five tips to make sure you’re ready to go for the Cincinnati Upstander 5K on June 10 at 8:30 a.m.

What should you know about the day?

The 5K begins at Union Terminal at 8:30 a.m. sharp. With large crowds expected, we encourage you to register beforehand online and arrive early to check out activities and prepare for the race. Packet pick-up is occurring on Friday, June 9 from 2-6 p.m. at Blue Ash Fleet Feet, and limited day-of pick-up will be available. With ample parking at Cincinnati Museum Center, you can park right near the start line!

Where does the route take runners and walkers?  

The Upstander 5K takes runners and walkers through a loop – starting and ending at Union Terminal. Featuring breath-taking views of the Cincinnati skyline, the route is flat and fun – perfect for running, jogging, or walking. Strollers and young children also welcome. Before you take off at the starting line, check out this map of the route.

What should you wear?

June is typically when things start to heat up in the Cincinnati area, so make sure you’re prepared. To protect yourself from the sun, put on your favorite hat and sunglasses and don’t forget your sunscreen. It’s always smart to warm up your body before exercise to prevent injury, specifically with dynamic stretches rather than static stretches. Before the race, do some front and back leg swings, knee hugs, squats, lunges and any other movements that feel good.

Lace up your running shoes to be sure you’re comfortable as you move through the race. For extra comfort and support, you can try some of these shoe-lacing methods recommended by our partner Fleet Feet.

What else can I expect at the Upstander 5K?

The Upstander 5K is all about celebrating our community of upstanders. Once you’ve crossed the finish line, runners and walkers receive a race t-shirt and other freebies. Activities include:

      • Pick-up pickleball and free lessons 

      • FC Cincinnati giveaways and activations 

      • Outdoor science experiments by Cincinnati Museum Center

      • Breakfast foods

      • Music from Cincinnati Music Accelerator

    When you register for the Upstander 5K, you also receive free admission to all museums at Union Terminal. Regular admission applies for the Omnimax and Bricktionary: The ultimate LEGO® A-Z.

    Do you still need to register? Tickets for the 5K are going fast – secure your spot by visiting our website.

    The Cohen Family Cincinnati Upstander Weekend is presented by Duke Energy, Fifth Third Private Bank, the Mayerson Family Foundation, WCPO, and Procter & Gamble. 

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    The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC impacts more than 2.5 million people every year through digital and in-person events, museum tours, educational experiences, social media, and virtual content. From Australia to India, individuals from more than 25 countries and 30 states engage with our mission. For more information, visit