Registration for the 2013 Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk is now open. The Oak Tree Race, Livingston County’s largest running race, is gearing up for its ninth year. Held annually on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the event consists of a half marathon, 5k, and kids fun runs that will take place September 1 this year.
The half marathon course travels through the historic business district of Geneseo before heading out to Nations Road, passing 2,850 acres of lands conserved by the Genesee Valley Conservancy (GVC), the race beneficiary.
The 5K course features the National Historic Landmark District of Geneseo and passes two properties protected by GVC, including the John Chanler Island Preserve that is open to the public daily. Both races begin and end at the Geneseo Central School.
Organizers look forward to another record breaking year as the event grows in popularity locally and regionally. Race Director Benjamin Gajewski stated “the Oak Tree Race is growing because it has a unique local small town flavor – the historic village of Geneseo and the Oak Tree savannahs along Nations Road – but it also provides the amenities that runners look for in a quality race: electronic chip timing, amble volunteer support, tech shirts, and a great spread of post-race food.”
In 2012, Geneseo resident Bobby Henchen won the 5K for a second consecutive year, and his third Oak Tree win, with a time of 16:01. Connecticut resident Sabrina Rautter took the women’s division in 19:41. In the half marathon Ryan Lumb of Pittsford won in 1:21:14, and female Christa Meyer of Fairport, 1:27:10. There were 650 finishers last year and Gajewski expects to see finishers top 700 this year.
The Oak Tree is supported by many local and regional businesses that value the work of the Genesee Valley Conservancy and understand the importance of being a part of the communities they serve. Topping that list again this year is The Bank of Castile, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, and Tompkins Financial Advisors.
The Oak Tree was established to support the conservation work of the Genesee Valley Conservancy. GVC has overseen the protection of 14,400 acres of important farmland and forests in its 23 year history. Most recently, GVC has offered unique public access opportunities at the Indian Fort Nature Preserve and John W. Chanler Island Preserve, respectively in the Town and Village of Geneseo. Open daily, year-round, these properties give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
While the Oak Tree is focused on runners and walkers, Gajewski welcomes spectators to the event, “runners love to be cheered on and we encourage those not running or walking to line the Village streets to watch.” The Half Marathon begins at 8am and the 5k begins at 8:15. For the safety of the runners Village roads will close during the race including Main, Center, Highland, and North. Roads will reopen as the last runner passes.
To register for the race or find out more information visit the Genesee Valley Conservancy online at www.geneseevalleyconserancy.org or stop by their office at One Main Street, Geneseo.