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Wineglass Marathon Named a Top Pick Among Boston Qualifiers

Corning, NY – With nearly two thousand runners already registered for the 31st annual Wineglass Marathon to be run on September 30th, race organizers are excited to announce another accolade for the nationally-recognized event.

In a recent list on active.com, the Wineglass was listed as one of the top ten best qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.  Over the past three decades, thousands of runners have qualified for the high-profile Boston event, many crediting the course’s fair terrain and seasonable weather for runners’ best times ever.  The list includes a number of other well-known courses, including the Walt Disney World Marathon and Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon.  For the complete list, visit www.active.com.

In addition to active.com’s rank, the Wineglass Marathon was recognized as a top-10 qualifier for Boston in 2011 by marathon guide.com.  The race has also received a number of awards from publications such as Runner’s World and Marathon & Beyond for other criteria, including the unique glass medal presented to finishers, the “schwag” given to all registered participants and the overall course speed.

Changes for the 2012 race – scheduled Sunday, September 30th – include more than just a larger field of participants.  Race directors are pleased to announce a new Saturday Wineglass 5K, a short-distance running event to be held during race weekend.  The 5K is expected to draw hundreds from the local communities and continue to add excitement to the marathon weekend.

Participants wishing to register for the full marathon, half marathon and 5K are now able to do so by visiting 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!