Catharine Valley Trail Half Marathon on Saturday

On Saturday August 20th…Take a leisurely step back in time when you enjoy the Catharine Valley Trail Historical Walk…On Sunday the pace quickens during the 3rd Annual Catharine Valley Trail Half Marathon. Gary Emerson, a resident of Odessa, NY, with a passion for local history, offers Catherine Valley Trail History Walks throughout the summer. In addition to teaching American History at Newfield High School, he has written several local history articles for the CROOKED LAKE REVIEW and the SCHUYLER HISTORICAL SOCIETY JOURNAL. Gary’s most recent accomplishment is authoring a book on the Chemung Canal. The Gary Emerson History Walks take place from 9a—11 am and start at South Genesee Street Trailhead, Montour Falls. Walks are 2 miles in length and take about 2 hours. Learn about the fascinating history of the Catherine Valley Trail on a beautiful guided trail walk step aside on this Saturday August 20th during the Catharine Valley Trail Half Marathon.Taking place on Sunday, August 21 in Watkins Glen, the Catharine Valley Half, a USATF Sanctioned Event is a flat, fast, beautiful fall half marathon run in the gorgeous lake and wine country that is upstate New York. Use it as a build-up to Corning’s Wineglass Marathon, achieve a personal goal of completing your first or fiftieth half, or volunteer in making it a wonderful day on the roads and trail.The Catharine Valley Half, like all races, takes a community to succeed. It’s reliant on the generous offer to make use of the Watkins Glen High School and athletic complex, the New York State Parks for use of the Catharine Valley Trail and personnel for support, the Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail for the creation and maintenance of the trail itself, the Watkins and Montour Police and Fire departments for safety, support, and supervision, and so many individuals working registration through the finish. The event was developed and staged by the Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company, the area’s premiere running and triathlon specialty shop located in Ithaca, NY and sponsored by several community organizations including the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard.The event has grown considerably with 115 entrants in 2009, over 200 in 2010 and has already surpassed that number in 2011 with many more entrants expected to register. Registration: Online: www.IMAthlete.com/Events/CatharineValleyHalf Raceday: On sight at Watkins Glen H.S. Track 7 – 8:45 a.m.Cost: $25 – $45 ($25 without event shirt, $45 with). Please Make Checks Payable to FLRC

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