Courtesy of Runner's World

Why Run The Wineglass Marathon? - Immerse yourself in the pastoral beauty of New York's Finger Lakes region, learn about its rich glass-making history, and, of course, savor local wines. The scenic course begins in Bath, continuing through the upstate New York countryside at the peak of fall foliage. But many runners also have their sights on a Boston qualifying time, as the flat, fast course has attracted speedsters since it first started in 1982 (in January 2010, Runner's World readers even voted it the "speediest" marathon). The race wraps up in the historic town center of Corning, world-famous for its dinnerware, where postrace festivities include a special wine tasting for runners at the Rockwell Museum and a "Wine Down" party at the Radisson Hotel Corning. The swag bag also has plenty of local flavor, complete with a wine glass and small bottle of wine from Pleasant Valley, the oldest vineyard estate in the Finger Lakes region.

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