GENESEO – Registration is now open for the Oak Tree Half Marathon and 5K Run and Walk. The race has been annually since 2005 on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Genesee Valley Conservancy (GVC). “We’re looking at about 750 people registering this year,” said Ben Gajewski, Executive Director of GVC. “It’s a big year for the race and it’s grown every year.”
As the best known distance running race in the region, the half-marathon is a popular event for athletes and nature lovers alike. The course tours the village of Geneseo and extends out into roads surrounded by the Nations Road Grasslands, which are identified as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Runners will pass the majestic Oak Tree savannahs of the Genesee Valley, which includes trees over 300 years old. Over 2,800 acres of land visible from the race course are permanently protected open space by GVC.
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There will be live music at several locations along the course.
Runners will finish at the Geneseo Central School’s track and field facility. There will be unique awards for finishers, including handmade ceramic finisher medals, the Oak tree prize, and local food products. Tech shirts are provided with entry, and cotton shirts for 5K runners.
Anyone can register until August 30 at the GVC website. Runners pay $45 for the half marathon if registered by August 17, $55 if by August 18-30, and $60 if registered the day of the race, August 31. All proceeds go to the Conservancy for conservation projects for natural resources and farms in the Genesee Valley.