12th Annual Oak Tree Half Marathon Grows with Genesee Valley Conservancy

GENESEO — The 12th annual Oak Tree Half Marathon and 5K is fast approaching the Village.

The 12th annual Oak Tree Race is an event that raising money to support the conservation work of the not-for-profit Genesee Valley Conservancy. The race consists of a Half Marathon, 5K, and free kids fun runs.

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“The race is great public show of support,” race director Ben Gajewski. “Along with that we see local business support through our many sponsors, they help a ton with all that goes into the race.”

New to the race this year is the ‘Sun Cup.’ This takes the net time of the 5k and Half Marathon of any two contestants from the same first responder or public safety department. First responders get a 50% discount for participating in this year’s ‘Sun Cup.’ For the 50% discount code please email newsroom@geneseesun.com. 

“With their very stressful lives this can give them a goal to go out and train with a co-worker to compete at a great local event,” Josh Williams, General Manager and co-owner of the GeneseeSun.com. “We want to be supported to the first responders that do some much for our community. This is a fun and healthy way to our support.”

The race showcases some of the Genesee Valley Conservancy’s work. For instance the John W. Chanler Island Preserve is right across from the high school where the races start. The Conservancy’s main goal is land conservation and the Island Preserve is a 40 acre nature preserve consists of an ‘island’ of forest surrounded by grassland fields. The Island Preserve has 1.3 acres of walking trails which are all open to the public.

“Pulling everyone that you work with together and having an event like this where the general public comes out to support and see what you have been working on is really rewarding,” said Gajewski.

The race sees about 700 runners and raises $20,000 for the Conservancy each year.

“The money goes toward a number of exciting works,” said Gajewski. “Continuing land conservation of significant land is our main goal. The Board of Directors is looking at opportunities of new nature preserves. In the works could include providing protection of land like the John W. Chanler Island Preserve for other schools like Geneseo Central School who sees frequent use of the Preserve by students for educational visits and research.”

For registration or more information on the Oak Tree Race please go to their website http://www.geneseevalleyconservancy.org/race.

(Photo/Oak Tree Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk Facebook page)