Wineglass Marathon Finishing Medals Named a Top 25 Medal of 2012

CORNING – The finishing medals so many runners work hard to earn in the Wineglass Marathon are winning some awards of their own. The glass medals created at Hands-On Glass Studio in Corning were recently included in Marathon & Beyond’s round-up of the Top 25 Medals of 2012.

“A lot of the reward is getting the feedback from the runners,” said Rodi Rovner, owner of Hands-On Glass Studio. “Hearing how much these medals mean to them is really rewarding. The list is a bonus.”

Rovner hears countless stories of appreciate from runners every year. Last year, a woman from California told her she could run a race a lot closer to her home, but she came all the way to Corning because she wanted the glass medallion. It has also served as motivation for some runners. The final runner to cross the finish line told Rovner she wanted to give up, but thought about the glass piece and knew she had to finish to earn one. 

Marathon & Beyond makes it their goal to see all 500 marathon finishing medals each year, via pictures submitted by race directors. 2012’s medals were called the “most inventive of all time.” 

Last year’s Wineglass Marathon finishing medal took 11th place on the list printed in the May/June 2013 issue. Here’s what judge Marshall Ulrich had to say about it: “With the cool-blue, delicate glass look, this is one of my favorites that could be proudly worn as a special piece of jewelry.”

The Wineglass Marathon finishing medals were also included in the Marathon & Beyond list in 2011.. 

Other finishing medals that topped the list included such races as Disney, Miami, Route 66, and Newport, which was also made of local glass.

“Making the top 25 out of 500 marathon medals speaks volumes as to how unique and special our glass medals are,” said Sheila Sutton, co-director of the Wineglass Marathon. “And having our 2012 marathon medal on the cover of Marathon & Beyond is a true honor.” 

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Registration for the 34th Annual Wineglass Weekend is now open! We hope you decide to join us October 2-4, 2015, in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country. Once again, we'll welcome 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 will host the Wineglass Expo for the second year, where you’ll see an expanded array of vendors and our world class museum.  Named one of the country’s top destination marathons, and the 10th Best Marathon in the World courtesy of The Active Times, the 34th Annual Wineglass Marathon should be an anticipated event on every runner's calendar.  The wildly popular Wineglass Half Marathon, in its fifth year, will go off at 7:45AM on Sunday the 4th.  Named a “must-do” half marathon, this very popular distance fills to capacity before the full marathon and is once again sponsored by Seneca Lake Wine Trail. We love that so many runners make the Wineglass Half their first-ever half marathon. We want everyone to take part in the weekend, so competitive and noncompetitive runners alike are invited to join us for the Wineglass 5K at 8:30AM on Saturday, October 3.  It’s a fun and easy warm up, and we hope to see you all there! REGISTRATION FOR THE 2015 WINEGLASS WEEKEND IS OPEN!