The Wineglass Marathon—one of the top destination races in the world—is about more than running. It's also about heart. That's why it's no surprise to learn that the annual event has donated more than $340,000 to local non-profits since they started the donation policy back in 2011. Nearly $60,000 was donated in 2016 alone to over 40 local non-profit organizations.
There's something about the inherent sense of place and pride people who live in small town America tend to have. And with small towns voted "America's Coolest" (Budget Travel) and named "Most Fun in America" (Rand McNally), Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has many reasons to be proud. The Wineglass Marathon relies on that hometown passion, as it could not exist without the over 2,300 volunteers! That's over three-times the population of Hammondsport, and about half the number of runners who descended upon the region to take part in the 35th Wineglass Marathon this year. With help coming from five law enforcement agencies, eight fire departments, county and local DPW's, and even law enforcement bikers along the Bath to Corning route, ensuring runner and spectator safety is a community effort. The generous spirit of time and effort by Wineglass volunteers spans all ages and backgrounds, with groups like Girls on the Run, Bath Haverling Academic Allstars, Corning Christian Academy, the Corning Hawks boy's lacrosse and boy's soccer teams all playing integral roles in the success of the marathon.
"This is one of the really rewarding aspects of the Wineglass for the team," said Wineglass Director Sheila Sutton, "to thank all the groups that help us achieve our mission by donating proceeds of the race to help them achieve their mission."
In addition to other organizations receiving benefits, all three high schools (Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, and Corning-Painted Post) along the route receive scholarships for one male and one female student. In 2017, the scholarships will increase to $1,000 for each student-athlete winner.
The Wineglass Marathon, which will celebrate its 36th running in 2017, is a weekend-long event and has expanded over the years to include Half Marathon and 5K races as well. Already a boon to the local economy with over 7,000 runners participating, plus their families and friends coming to the region, the Marathon continues to find ways to give back. Of course, without the tireless efforts of the many volunteers, the race wouldn't exist.
To learn more about the Wineglass Marathon races, the various organizations involved, or ways you can get involved volunteering, visit the race's website at WineglassMarathon.com.