Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K

Since 2005, the Oak Tree has been a great way to get in shape, test yourself and have fun in a beautiful setting while supporting the Genesee Valley Conservancy. 100% of event revenue supports our conservation efforts!

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Plant a Tree Fundraiser
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Date, location, time Spectators


Geneseo Trio series Training plans
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Pasta dinner Volunteer
Photos, video, streaming Weather

Date (Annually, Sunday of Labor Day weekend)
August 31st, 2014

Geneseo Central School
4050 Avon Road
Geneseo, NY 14454


7:00am-8:00 Packet pickup and registration at track
8:00am Half Marathon start
8:15am 5K start

:15am Kids Fun Run on track
9:30am 5K award ceremony
10:45am Half award ceremony
11:15am Half course closes


Half Marathon
June 1 - Aug. 17 ...$45
Aug. 18 - Aug. 30
Race day .............$60

5K Run/Walk
June 1 - Aug. 17 ...$20
Aug. 18 - Aug. 30
Race day .............$25

Student Team Discount
High school and college teams/clubs of 10+ can register for the 5K at $10/person, must register as group by Aug. 19.
Contact 585-243-2190 or email for details.

Refund Policy
Payment and registration are non-refundable/transferable.


We are setup on active.com for online registration.


Download brochure
and mail to
Genesee Valley Conservancy
PO Box 73
Geneseo, NY 14454

Register at Medved Running & Walking Outfitters June 1 through August 30.
Medved is located at 3400 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford. Visit their website.

During Packet Pickup
Register in person during packet pickup (see below).

Day Of

Starting at 7:00am and ending at 7:45 at the GCS track.

Packet Pickup
Your bib, shirt, and runner packet can be picked up on:

Friday (Aug 30)
At Medved Running & Walking, 3400 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, between 11am - 7pm.

Saturday (Aug 31)
At Big Tree Inn, 46 Main Street, Geneseo, between 11am-7pm. Stop by during the pre-race dinner (see below)

Sunday, Race Day (Sept 1)
At the Genese Central School Track, starting at 6:30am and ending at 7:45am. Be sure to arrive early!


Pre-Race Dinner at Big Tree Inn
Join us on Saturday August 31 at the Big Tree Inn (46 Main St, Geneseo) for a pre-race all-you-can-eat buffet of pasta, salad, and bread between 5pm-7pm. Pre-register with your race entry for $10/person or pay $12 at the door.

Meet fellow runners, the race committee, volunteers, and ask last minute questions about the course. Family and friends are welcome to register too or order off the menu.

Course Descriptions

Half Marathon
This USATF certified course (NY05122KL) is chip timed (embeded on bib) and runs on paved (40%) and dirt roads (60%) through the National Historic Landmark village of Geneseo and the Nations Road Grasslands, identified as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. The course runs past the majestic Oak Tree savannahs of the Genesee Valley and 17 GVC protected properties.

Six water stations are on the course, two with gatorade, along with live musical groups. Restrooms are located at the starting line, ~miles 1.5, 4, 11, and the finish. Finish at the Geneseo Central School track for food and awards.

Half Maps PDF - GoogleMaps - MapMyRUN

Course Records...Male: ..1:09.09 Tim Chichester - 2011
....................... Female:1:23.39 Katherine Aldridge - 2008

Half Walkers
: If you cannot finish by 11:15 (15min/mile pace), you may start at 7am. You must contact us for this early start. You will finish under the banner, receive a medal and official time (your time will be a minimum of 3hrs). THIS IS FOR WALKERS ONLY. You are responsible to be at the starting line prior to 7am.

Course Closure: The course closes at 11:15. For safety, we cannot leave participants on the course after this time.

Half Course Preview

5K Run/Walk
This USATF certified course (NY0512KL) is chip timed and travels through the village of Geneseo, a National Historic Landmark, and past three GVC protected properties.

One water station is on the course. Restrooms are located at the starting line and finish line. Live music along the course. Finish at the Geneseo Central School track. Walkers are welcome!

5K Maps PDF - GoogleMaps - MapMyRUN

Course Records .....Male:..15:49.00 Bobby Henchen - 2011
....................... Female: .18:15.96 Laura Iafrati - 2009

5K Course Preview


Awards include potted Oak Trees from Palmiters Nursery, Once Again Nut Butter, Monks Bread, Barilla Pasta gift bags, certificates to Medved Running & Walking, and more.

Half Marathon Categories
• Finisher medal to all finishers
• Overall male and female
• $100 to male and female setting a new course record
• Top three in age group:<19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
• Fastest male and female from Geneseo
• Male and female masters champion (aged 40+)
• 23rd finisher (GVC anniversary)
• Random drawings

5K Run/Walk Categories
• Overall male and female
• $50 to male and female setting a new course record (courtesy of GCS Cross Country)
• Top 3 in age group: <9,10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
• Fastest male and female from Geneseo
• Male and female masters champion (aged 40+)
• 23rd finisher (GVC anniversary)
• Random drawings

Shirt & Finisher Stuff
Runners Receive
• Male and female fitted technical t-shirt to first 700
• Finisher cup (good for $1 draft beer or free soda at the Village Tavern: Sept. 1-4, with burger, sandwich or entrée)
• Post race food
• Half marathoners receive a Hog Shed Studio finisher medal

Surplus Shirts
Available after registration has concluded, while supplies last. Current year shirts are $10, past years are $5.

Shirt Designs







Overall Half
Overall 5K
By Age Group
<- Link has age groups

Mini Gallery

Photos for Purchase

2013 photos are posted!

Searchable by bib number

Proceeds benefit GVC!


The 2013 Oak Tree

The 2012 Oak Tree - By Nicholas Yager

Course Preview Videos
Preview videos are found under the Course Descriptions

Streaming Video Feed
The race will be streamed live on-line and on-site by tv.geneseesun.com. Visit their site to launch the stream. The streamed content will remain available post-race for viewing.

Kids Fun Run
FREE event for all kids under 10. Runs will be on the track starting at 9:15. Distances will vary and awards to all participants. No registration required. Listen for announcements these runs.

Geneseo Trio
Presented by GioVanna's Pizza & Pasta, run or walk all three Geneseo events: Oak Tree Half and 5k, Friday Knight 5k, and Ramon Rocha 5K. Visit the Trio page for details.

The Geneseo Central School is located at 4050 Avon Road, Geneseo, NY 14454

From the North (Rochester)

Take I-390 south to Route 20A (Exit 8); turn right traveling 4.8 miles to Main Street, turn right traveling 1.4 miles to the Central School.

From the East (Syracuse)
Take the New York State Thruway to Rochester (Exit 46); follow I-390 south, then use the 'North' directions above.

From the West (Buffalo)
Take the New York State Thruway to Batavia (Exit 48); turn left traveling 1.1 miles on Route 98, turn left taking Route 63 south for 25.5 miles, turn left onto Court Street. At the end of Court St (blinking light), turn left and travel .8 miles to the Central School.

From the South (Bath)
Take I-390 north to Route 63/408 (Exit 7); turn right onto Route 63 and travel 3.5 miles, continue straight on Route 39 for .7 miles, turn left onto Main Street and drive 1.4 miles to the Central School.

Road Closures
Starting at 7:55am VILLAGE ROADS WILL CLOSE (Route 39, Main, Center, Highland, and North) to accommodate the start of the Half Marathon and 5K events. These roads will re-open at ~8:45 following the 5k.

Town Roads (Nations, Roots Tavern, and Houston) will be closed from ~8:00 until ~11:00 for the saftey of runners.

The Village Police Department is paid to assist with these road closures. The Livingston County Sheriff Department also assists with closures to ensure participant safety.

Accommodation Discounts
Call and mention the Oak Tree to receive 15% off your stay at these participating locations.

Annabel Lee Bed & Breakfast Inn
• 1 mile from race start
• 585.243.9440

Big Tree Inn
• 1 mile from race start
• 585.243.5220

• Sold out in 2013

Quality Inn
• 2.5 miles to race start
• 585.243.0500

Temple Hill Bed & Breakfast
• 1.8 miles to race start
• 585.243.0180
• Sold out in 2013

The Garden Suite at Hartford House
• 1/2 mile to race start
• 585.519.1611
Hampton Inn
• 2.5 miles to race start
• 585.447.9040

• 2.6 miles to race start
• 585.243.5570

• Sold out in 2013

Area attractions
Livingston County Tourism


Temperatures average 60*F at the start of the race and 75*F three hours after the start. Precipitation is minimal this time of year and races to-date have been dry. Wind is variable and out of the west.

Severe Weather Policy
View the policy; this ensures the safety of participants, spectators, volunteers and staff. To-date no modifications or cancellations have been necessary to the Oak Tree.


Best viewing is along the north end of Main Street. The half marathon runners will be on Main St. from 8:00 till 8:15. The 5K runners/walkers will be on Main Street starting at 8:15 before turning onto Center.

You can also join us at the Geneseo Central School to watch finishers.

Plant a Tree Fundraiser
Running the Oak Tree is a great way to support the conservation efforts of the Genesee Valley Conservancy, including our work protecting 2,850 acres along the course!

Now you can ask family and friends to join you by making a contribution to GVC in support of your training.  For every $250 raised, GVC will plant a tree on protected property along the course.  Our goal is to raise $5,000.

Get started here: www.active.com/donate/geneseevalley

Donate directly at the site above or use it to create a personal fundraising page with your own goal, then ask family and friends to support your training for the Oak Tree Race by making a contribution!

Rather ask for donations in person? Have checks made to Genesee Valley Conservancy and deliever them as a group to PO Box 73 or in person at One Main Street, Geneseo.

How to fundraise $250 in five simple steps  
1) Ask your parents to kickstart the effort for $50 $ 50
2) Ask two coworkers or classemates for $20... $ 90
3) Ask work to sponsor your run for $50.. $140
4) Ask a close friend $50 .... $190
5) Ask three other friends for $20.... $250
Done! Now ask everyone to come cheer you on during the race on September 1st!  


Many guides are available to help you work up to walking or running a 5K or half marathon. Here are some guides:
5K Walk...5K Run...Half Run

Hal Higdon also has training guides for those looking to improve their time.

Pre: Office work, PR, registration
Day of: Registration, packet pickup, water tables, traffic control, setup/take down, musical performer
Post: Of
fice work, tying up loose ends

Please e-mail or call the office if you are interested in lending a hand. Groups and individuals welcome.


2013 Demographics (%'s are of total registered)
Half Marathon - 302
5K Run/Walk - 378


Male 41% / Female 59%

Age Groups (Percent of participants)
<9 (3%), 10-14 (6%), 15-19 (10%), 20-24 (12%), 25-29 (7%), 30-34 (7%), 35-39 (11%), 40-44 (11%), 45-49 (10%), 50-54 (10%), 55-59 (6%), 60-64 (4%), 65-69 (2%), 70+ (2%)

NYS resident - 95%
Livingston County resident - 44%
Outside of NYS - 5% (16 states, Canada & Ecuador)


Sponsorship Opportunities
Please contact oaktree@geneseevalleyconservancy.org to request a sponsorship packet and discuss opportunities.


Contact Race Director
Contact Ben at: oaktree@geneseevalleyconservancy.org


2013 Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
The Oak Tree benefits the
Genesee Valley Conservancy

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Presented By:

The Bank of Castile

Tompkins Financial Advisors

Tompkins Insurance

Platinum Sponsors:

Worm Power

Genesee Valley Jeep in Avon



Gold Sponsors:

GioVanna's Pizza & Pasta

Once Again Nut Butter

Lattimore Physical Therapy

Fit Club 24/7

Lee Chiropractic & Athletic Training, PLLC

Tom Jerris Masonry

aLandscape & Design




Silver Sponsors:

Geneseo Chiropractic

Anuva Yoga


South of the Thruway Running Club



Bronze Sponsor

Livingston County Chamber of Commerce


Product Sponsors & Other Supporters


Big Tree Inn

Genesee Sun

Hog Shed Studio Pottery

Palmiter's Garden Nursery

Monks Bread

Medved Running & Walking Outfitters