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Olympian and Running Icon Joan Benoit Samuelson to Address Community

Corning, NY – With more than 4,000 runners already registered for the 31st annual Wineglass Marathon presented by Arnot Health Human Motion Institute, race organizers are excited to welcome this year’s featured guest.

At this year’s Wineglass Marathon presented by Arnot Health Human Motion Institute , the community will welcome American marathon runner Joan Benoit Samuelson.  Following a gold medal victory at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Samuelson rose to international stardom after becoming the first ever women’s Olympic marathon champion.  Wineglass Marathon is proud to welcome Joan whose visit is generously sponsored by the Community Foundation of Elmira, Corning and the Finger Lakes, StayWell Health Management and Corning Incorporated.

In addition to her Olympic career, Samuelson has an impressive resume that includes multiple victories and top-five finishes at highly competitive races such as the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon.  At both the Chicago and Olympic Marathons, Samuelson holds the record for fastest times for an American woman, a title that has been maintained for nearly three decades.

The public is invited to attend a free community presentation on Thursday, September 27th at 7:30pm at The Corning Museum of Glass auditorium.  The event is free but seating is limited. 

Community members will also have the unique opportunity to run alongside Joan in the first Wineglass 5K Sponsored by the Community Foundation on Saturday, September 28th.  The 5K begins at 8:30am at War Memorial Stadium at Corning East High, finishing at the same location.  Cost is $25 per person, race-day registration is available in addition to pre-registration at www.wineglassmarathon.com.  The event will close at 1,500 participants.

For more information, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter using @wgmarathon and visit www.wineglassmarathon.com

Wineglass Weekend is fast approaching!  We hope you’re joining us October 3-5 in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes. We’re welcoming a record field of almost 6,000 runners to our flat, fast and scenic course from Bath to Corning with its picturesque finish on Historic Market Street.  The Corning Museum of Glass is our new host of the Wineglass Expo where you’ll see an expanded array of vendors and our world class museum.  Named one of the country’s top destination marathons, the 33rd Annual Wineglass Marathon has a new start time (8:15AM) and a new requirement to take a bus to the start line – no drop-off or parking at the start.  Make sure you’re familiar with the new requirements so you have your best run on Sunday! The wildly popular Wineglass Half Marathon in its fourth year goes off at 7:45AM on Sunday.  Named a “must-do” half marathon, this very popular distance filled to capacity before the full marathon and is sponsored for the first time by Seneca Lake Wine Trail. We love that so many runners make the Wineglass their first-ever half marathon. We want everyone to take part in the weekend, so come join us for the Wineglass 5K at 8:30AM on Saturday, October 4.  It’s a fun and easy warm up, and is the one weekend race where REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!