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Community Foundation to Sponsor Inaugural Wineglass 5K Event

Corning, NY – With more than 2,500 runners already registered for this year’s 31st annual Wineglass Marathon, race organizers are excited to welcome the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes as the title sponsor of the inaugural Wineglass 5K.

 

With 40 years of supporting the greater Elmira-Corning region, the Community Foundation has helped connect hundreds of donors with countless needs throughout the area.  The Foundation operates more than 170 separate funds, scholarships and programs, including the Fund For Women, which also partnered with Wineglass Marathon beginning in 2011. 

 

As the popularity of the marathon continues to surge, event planners added a 5K to this year’s roster of events.  Just over three miles in length, it offers both long distance runners a chance to prepare for the marathon and area residents a chance to get involved in the marathon weekend.  Registration for the 5K has already begun – and is filling quickly.  The field will cap at 1500 participants, and will include this year’s special guest Joan Benoit Samuelson.  Following a gold medal victory at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Samuelson rose to international stardom after becoming the first ever women’s Olympic marathon champion. 

 

The Foundation’s Program Officer, Sara Palmer, says that the Wineglass 5K is a perfect fit for their organization.  ”The Wineglass Marathon is truly a community effort,” notes Palmer.  “Their focus on health and wellness has a major impact on the well-being of our region and we are proud to be a part of the tradition.”

 

This year’s Wineglass Marathon weekend begins on Friday, September 28th with runner registration and expo at the Corning Community YMCA, followed by the 5K and expo on Saturday, September 29th.  The half-marathon and marathon begin at 8:00am on Sunday, September 30th, with both events crossing the finish line on Historic Market Street in Corning’s Gaffer District.  For more information or race registration, visit www.wineglassmarathon.com

Wineglass Weekend is fast approaching!  We hope you’re joining us October 3-5 in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes. We’re welcoming a record field of almost 6,000 runners to our flat, fast and scenic course from Bath to Corning with its picturesque finish on Historic Market Street.  The Corning Museum of Glass is our new host of the Wineglass Expo where you’ll see an expanded array of vendors and our world class museum.  Named one of the country’s top destination marathons, the 33rd Annual Wineglass Marathon has a new start time (8:15AM) and a new requirement to take a bus to the start line – no drop-off or parking at the start.  Make sure you’re familiar with the new requirements so you have your best run on Sunday! The wildly popular Wineglass Half Marathon in its fourth year goes off at 7:45AM on Sunday.  Named a “must-do” half marathon, this very popular distance filled to capacity before the full marathon and is sponsored for the first time by Seneca Lake Wine Trail. We love that so many runners make the Wineglass their first-ever half marathon. We want everyone to take part in the weekend, so come join us for the Wineglass 5K at 8:30AM on Saturday, October 4.  It’s a fun and easy warm up, and is the one weekend race where REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!