Registration for the 2018 Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk is OPEN.
The Genesee Valley Conservancy has opened registration for the 14th annual Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk to take place in Geneseo on September 2nd, Sunday of Labor Day weekend, starting at 8am.
This annual race raises over $20,000 in support of the local land conservation efforts of Genesee Valley Conservancy, including projects like the John W. Chanler Island Preserve which is along both race routes and provides an outdoor classroom for Geneseo Central School students from kindergarten through seniors to study the natural world.
In 2017, two Geneseo residents took the Oak Tree 5K titles. Paul Rellstab won the male division (17:31) and Catherine Staley, at just 10 years old, won the female division (20:00). The Oak Tree 5K starts near the Geneseo Central School and travels down Main Street, before heading up into the residential historic district, and finishing back at the Geneseo Central School Track.
In the Oak Tree Half Marathon last year, Mount Morris native Tim Chichester nearly set a course record with his 1:09:06 finish, a blistering 5:17 pace over a challenging course. Kathryn Potter of Honeoye Falls took the female division in 1:24:15 in her first appearance at the race. The Oak Tree Half course features a loop through Main Street, circling the Geneseo Bear Fountain, before heading out into the rural countryside north of Geneseo past the mighty Oak Tree savannahs and lands protected by the Genesee Valley Conservancy. The half marathon also finishes at the Geneseo Central School.
Tompkins Bank of Castile, Insurance Agencies, and Financial Advisors are again a lead sponsor of the race among a growing field of local businesses that support the Conservancy’s work and that the Conservancy uses throughout the year.
Early bird registration is open all month before price increases begin in July, August and race-week. 100% of race proceeds support the non-profit work of Genesee Valley Conservancy, an organization dedicated to protecting habitat, open space, and farmland in the Genesee Valley.
The race is the largest in Livingston County and attracts runners from throughout New York State and over a dozen states. Runners also frequently attend the race from Canada.
For complete details on this year’s event, visit www.geneseevalleyconservancy.org/race