The Course

Day of Race registration begins at 7:00 AM and closes at 8:00 AM
Walkers and runners start at 8:30AM

Runners will start on Front Street a few hundred feet north of the Downing Film Center. They will make a left on Fourth Street (going under the railroad overpass) and an immediate right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (this street is called Water Street on Google maps). 

They will continue along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd running with traffic on the large right shoulder of the road. (which will be lined with traffic cones.) They makes a right onto North Montgomery Street and then a left up the right fork of Park Place  (This is the only steep hill with an 82 feet of elevation gain in 200 meters!)


Runners then make a right onto Grand Avenue, and continue under the Newburgh Beacon Bridge overpass.  The turnaround is located about 60’ before reaching the Grand Avenue/Downing Avenue intersection.


The race then retraces the same route, but goes down the right fork of Park Place (steep downhill!).  

Returning runners and walkers will return on the same shoulder of Martin Luther King Blvd  that they took during the first half of the race. (now they will be facing northbound traffic). 


The finish is 10 feet past the front of the Downing Film Center at 19 Front Street, Newburgh, NY.

5k Race and Walk
Sat. June 28, 2014

Timing for the race:

The course was measured and the race will be chip-timed with disposable chips built right into your race number bibs by Steve Holmbraker of Eagle Timing, in Middletown, NY. If you want to know more about him you can contact him at  (845) 551-2018.


Why we are having this fundraising race:

In the last year the Downing Film Center has purchased a digital projector to
comply with the new standards in high definition movies available. In our
first “Drive to the Digital” we have raised over $67,000. which has almost
paid for the digital projector.

Now in an effort to show even more high quality independent films we are
refurbishing the upstairs section of our building and putting in a second
screen. We will need to purchase another digital projector. The money we
will be raising from this race will help us to pay off the loans we will be
taking out to pay for the refurbishing and for the new digital projector.

Who We are

The Downing Film Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation with the
mission of showing world-quality films while providing other important
cinematic programming for members of the community.
Nestled along the festive Newburgh waterfront, near many fine restaurants
and the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry, the Downing invites you to experience film
in a setting unlike any other in the Hudson Valley. There are 60 seats located
in our theater.
Specializing in independent, foreign, and classic cinema, The Downing brings
all your senses to life as you soak in the best the film world has to offer.


You can find more info about us at:

Where we are:

The Downing Film Center is located on the lower level of the Yellow Bird Building, at
19 Front Street, on the Hudson waterfront in Newburgh, New York. For a map and more detailed directions you can go to our website at:

Registering for the Downing Dash for the Digital 5K

You can download an application for the race right here and print it and mail
it to us via the U.S. mail with your check:


Between Feb 6th and June 25th you can register online.



Awards and Age Categories:

Awards for will be given out as follows:
Trophies to the first three male and female runners, medals to the
first three males and females in these age groups: 12 and under, 13 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70+.

Medals to the first three male and female walkers

A special award to the oldest male and female runner


“Fans of Downing”

In addition to contributing to this fund raiser by registering and running in
the 5K, we have a special category called “Fans of Downing”. For a reduced
fee of $15.00 you will receive a custom designed T-shirt and be entitled to
eat at our after-race waterfront buffet. Come early and cheer the starters.
Come later and cheer the finishers. Then enjoy the best food in the Hudson
Valley at our waterfront buffet.

Registration Cost

“Fans of Downing” (see above): $15.00

June 15th or earlier: Downing members & Sponsors & ORC and Sul Striders members: $20.00
Everyone else:  (June 15th or earlier): $25.00

After June 15th: Downing members & Sponsors, ORC & Sul. Striders members  : $25.00 

After June 15th: Everyone else : $30.00


Tee shirts with our original Downing design are guaranteed to all preregistered runners.
There will be a water stop at the turnaround for the race.
Mile markers at miles 1, 2 and 3.
At the finish your T- shirt or racing number is your ticket to our waterfront
buffet. Local restaurants have provided us with a wonderful selection of their
fine food. There will be something for everyone!


We need volunteers to man the water station, give split times at the mile
markers, help direct the runners on the course and to help with the buffet
and the after race cleanup. All volunteers get a free T-shirt and
a ticket to the waterfront buffet. If you would like to help out
call Jamie Kamlet at (845) 534-3182 or e-mail him at