With more than 770 registered participants, this year’s Right to Run 19K/5K races were held in Seneca Falls over Mother’s Day weekend with great success. The 19K distance is a nod to the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, an achievement close to the heart of Seneca Falls considering its place in Women’s history. This year’s net proceeds will be donated to help support the National Women’s Hall of Fame and Girls on the Run.
A community-wide effort, the Right to Run 19K/5K saw considerable collaboration between local organizations, businesses, volunteers, the Seneca Falls Police Department, New York State Troopers, the Town of Seneca Falls Highway Department, the Seneca Falls Recreation Center, Emergency Services and North Seneca Ambulance, NYS Park Police, and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.
The race was further supported by major sponsors and contributors, including the organizing sponsor Generations Bank and BonaDent, Bill Cram Chevrolet, The Martin Group, Mix 98.5, MacKenzie Childs, Fingerlakes1, NYCC, CJS Architects, Rodman Lott & Son Farms, FLX Creatives, Del Lago Resort & Casino and It’s a Wonderful Run.
“As an institution, our deep roots in Seneca Falls make our partnership with the National Women’s Hall of Fame a natural fit” said Menzo Case, President and CEO of Generations Bank. “We are happy to offer our support in so many forms – through contributions, volunteers and logistical support. It’s a great event for the community with a great purpose.”
Hall of Fame Inductee, General Carol A. Mutter, was the special guest of the Right to Run 19K/5K and started the 19K race. She is the first female 3-Star General of the US Marines and the first woman qualified as Center Crew Commander/Space Commander at US Space Command. She is also the first woman of general flag rank to command a major deployable tactical command. While in the area to support the race, she spoke with students at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES and Bloomfield Central School District.
The top overall male finisher of the 19K was Mark Matthews, a Mynderse Academy graduate, from Trumansburg, New York with a time of 1:17:27. Adam Schoene of Ithaca, New York was the first male 5K finisher with a time of 19:17. The top overall female finisher of the 19K was Kate McCormick of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with a time of 1:19:43. Madeline Lies of Brookline, Massachusetts, and the cousin of the 19K female winner, was the first female 5K finisher with a time of 21:36.
“We saw a tremendous outpouring of support from the community, law enforcement, area businesses, and local organizations,” said Heather Zellers, Right to Run 19K/5K and Events Coordinator, “and to see so many smiles on the faces of those who ran this year made every minute spent worthwhile. We look forward to making the event even larger in 2019 and planning is already underway.”