Beat the Stampede

Get ready to race like a champion and conquer the Beat the Stampede 1-mile race, the ultimate fun-filled and heart-pounding competition brought to you by UB Recreation!

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Walter Kunz Field

We're Hosting an Epic Race, and Guess What?

It's not just for the UB community—it's for all the awesome folks in the surrounding communities, too! This race is your chance to let loose, sweat it out, and form bonds of comradery that'll last a lifetime.

We're all about rocking your socks off while making positive changes in your life! Our goal? To create a wellness wonderland that's not just educational and challenging, but also fuels your self-discovery and sets you up for success. We've created a leisure paradise that'll make you feel like you belong, a community where everyone's cheering you on. It's all about getting that warm and fuzzy feeling that'll have you saying, "I'm exactly where I belong!"

We can't wait to see you out on the racecourse, sprinting (or walking!) towards a healthier, happier you!

Race Details

What: 1-Mile Race around Kunz Field Track

Where: Walter Kunz Field, Buffalo, NY 14228

When: Thursday, October 19th, 2023 from 5PM - 9PM

  • Kid's Mini Mile starts at 5PM
  • Heat 1 Starts: 5:30PM
  • There will be roughly 5 - 10 minutes between heats.
  • All runners will be assigned heats and approx. start times.
  • Failure to start in your assigned heat may result in a penalty.

Who: Anyone is welcome to participate

Race Fee:

  • UB Student (w/ valid UB ID Card): FREE
  • Community: $20
  • Cost per person is the same if registering as an individual or a team.

*Bananas and water will be available for each participant at the end of each heat.

NEW! Kid's Mini-Mile (100-yard-dash)

  • Start: 5PM
  • Come run with the one and only Victor E. Bull!
  • Registration is free.
  • All kids receive a race medal!

Post-race activities include: bounce houses, giant games, and more!


Top Overall: Male, Female and Non-binary

Teams: First Place Male, Female and Non-binary finishers

  • The lowest aggregate team wins from each category.
  • First Place Male, Female and Non-binary finishers in the following age groups: 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

All participants will receive a Race Medal at the conclusion of each heat.

Virtual Race Option

Run with the Stampede virtually!

  • Run or walk from any location you choose - road, trail, treadmill, beach or track.
  • Run 1 mile or 1609 meters on your own, at your own pace, and time it yourself.
  • The virtual option is a great way for family and friends who may not be able to make it to the "Home of the Bulls", UB.

Once you have completed the race, send your results to

Virtual Race Fee

  • Buffalo Resident: $10
  • Non-Buffalo Resident: $19.99 (includes $9.99 shipping cost)


  • Buffalo Residents: A medal will be available for pick up at 175 Alumni Arena, Recreation Service Office, after submission of race results.
  • Non-Buffalo Residents: A medal will be sent to the address listed for registration within 2 weeks after submitting race results.


Registration can be individual or for a little more fun, register as either a male, female or non-binary team of three and compete with your department, club, group, team, or friends. Sign-up ASAP to reserve your spot. First come, first serve.

Registration closes: Tuesday, October 17th, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Packet Pickup Information:

  • When:  Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 from 6AM - 11PM & Thursday, October 19th, 2023 from 6AM - 2PM.
  • Where: 175 Alumni Arena (Member Services) - University at Buffalo, SUNY North Campus, Buffalo NY 14260
  • Parking Note: Parking permits are required until 3:00 PM; if you do not hold a valid permit, please park in paid parking areas (behind Alumni Arena or in front of Alumni Arena, near CFA).


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Jessica Nyrop

Associate Director for Fitness and Instruction


175 Alumni Arena

Phone: 716-645-2534