45th Annual Dick Bessel Independence Day Run



July 4, 2020




Presented by the Grand Island Recreation Department

- 2.3 mile run           - 2.3 mile race walk        - 314 meter kids dash


Packet Pickup:

Grand Island Town Hall
2255 Baseline Rd.

July 4:  7:00am - 9:00am


Race Start:

In front of Tops, Grand Island Blvd near Whitehaven Rd
9:00 AM Kids Dash
9:15 AM Run/Race Walk


Come for the Run! Stay for the Parade!  A July 4 Tradition.

Pull out your lawn chair and relax to Grand Island's best parade.  Or join founder Dick Bessel at the VFW!




Event Details


Race and results conducted by the Grand Island Recreation Department & Score This!!!

         This is a BibTag timed race.

Your race bib will have the timing device already attached at registration / packet pickup on the morning of the race.


Event Sanctioned by USATF

Course Certified to be accurate by USATF NY12035JG

Race Consultant: Richard Bessel  Race Coordinator: Dominique DeGreogorio

Race Registration, finish line and timing: Score This!!!

For more information: Call the Recreation Department at (716) 773-9680



Parking is available in the Grand Island Plaza parking lot on Grand Island Blvd. The parade will follow the races.

If you park on the parade route you may not be able to leave until the parade is finished.



Run 2.3 Miles

Overall Male / Female

Top Masters Male/Female (40 & over)

Top Juniors Male/Female (19 & under)

Top 3 in each Age Group:

9 & under, 10-12, 13-15,  19-24, 25-30, 34-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70-75 & over

Kids Race

314 meters, official starting line to Reviewing stand.

All kids race finishers receive a medal

Race Walk 2.3 Miles

Overall Male / Female

Top 3 Male/Female Divisions

Competitive race walk rules apply:

1) The walker must not lose contact with the ground that can be seen by the human eye.

2) The supporting leg must be straight from the moment of impact until the leg passes under the body

Awards will be at the Finish Line Area at 10:30 AM. (Look for the Town van)






Race Day

Until July 2

July 4

2.3 mile Run / Race Walk



Kids Run $7 $7

Includes Shirt.  Adult small T's to all Kids.


Refund Policy


No transfers of registrations to other athletes are allowed. There will be no race refunds!!