Guess what?!?!

Attached is a bib that you – our Right to Runners – can print out and pin to your shirts to show your support for Kathrine Switzer and her 261Fearless Team at the Boston Marathon as she runs her 50th Anniversary of that 1967 run.

The 261 Fearless team starts together at 11:15 next Monday in Boston and you can be a part with this 261 printable bib. Even if you don’t run on Monday the 17th you could use the bib this week to show your support!

Join the social media conversation by sharing your pictures and videos and using the tags:

#261fearless
#run261
#whyirunboston

Girls on the Run 3rd-5th Graders Will Participate in Seneca Falls Right to Run 5K

Seneca Falls, N.Y. (March 31, 2017) — The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School site of Girls on the Run has selected the Women’s Right to Run 5K event to culminate its season on May 13 in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s rights movement.

The second annual Women’s Right to Run, which will have both 5K and 19K courses, will fundraise once again for the National Women’s Hall of Fame, after raising $5,000 for the organization in its inaugural year. The proceeds from the run will be used to rehabilitate and transform the historic 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill into the Center for Great Women, the future permanent home of the National Women’s Hall.

The ten-week Girls on the Run programs, which seek to empower girls to be confident and healthy, always conclude with a celebratory 5K run. After volunteering at a water stop during last year’s Women’s Right to Run, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Girls on the Run members, who are in grades three through five, wanted to make it their official end-of-season 5K this year.

The participants of Girls on the Run in Seneca Falls have previously attended Paige’s Butterfly Run in Syracuse for their 5K.

About Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. The program’s mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

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Generations Bank Announces Distinquished List of Power Women Invited to Attend Right to Run 19K/5K as Honorary Race Starters

List includes First Lady Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, The Hon. Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Abby Wambach, NYS Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and more

Iconic race will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State with proceeds slated to support National Women’s Hall of Fame

Seneca Falls, New York – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the second annual Women’s Right to Run, today unveiled an unprecedented invitation list of international “power women” who are being encouraged to attend the upcoming Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K in historic Seneca Falls—birthplace of the women’s rights movement.

The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K celebrates the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Seneca Falls was the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. This fitting tribute race will benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s fundraising campaign, which is raising funds to rehabilitate the former Seneca Falls Knitting Mill into its future home, The Center for Great Women.

Leading the marquee invite list is the First Lady, the Hon. Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Ms. Oprah Winfrey. An additional 50+ high powered female leaders, CEOs, actresses, athletes and advocates are also being invited. Special guests may participate in the race through running, walking or as an honorary starter.

“As we join together to celebrate female empowerment and how far we’ve come since the 19th amendment was signed, we’re again extending the invitation to many of the women who continue to fight for progress and serve as an inspiration to all,” said Katie MacIntyre, AVP – Marketing Officer, Generations Bank. “The race for equal rights is never really over, but we continue to make great strides and these women are shining examples of that effort. Especially with 2017 being the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State we would be thrilled for these VIP women to join us in the celebration.”

The run is again a partner event for 261 Fearless, Inc., a global community of female runners and walkers founded by Kathrine Switzer. Switzer, who made history as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967, is again the national spokesperson for the run. Switzer will run the Boston Marathon just weeks before the Right to Run for the 50th anniversary of that 1967 run.

The Women’s Right to Run race is open to men and women and will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Seneca Falls, New York. In its inaugural year people ages 4 to 88 participated. Runners have the option of registering to run a 5K or 19K, both of which are USATF (USA Track & Field) certified.

Details about race registration and course maps can be found at righttorun19k.org.

About 261 Fearless, Inc.

261 Fearless, Inc. is a global non-profit organization created by pioneer runner, Kathrine Switzer. 261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of communication platforms, clubs, training opportunities, ambassadors, merchandising and events. Through these networking opportunities, 261 Fearless breaks down the barriers of geography and creates a global community for women runners of all abilities to support and talk to each other, encouraging healthy living and a positive sense of self and fearlessness.  For more information please visit, www.261fearless.org

Second Annual Women’s Right to Run 19K 5K Named Official Partner Event for 261 Fearless

Global nonprofit aims to empower women through running

Seneca Falls, N.Y. – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the second annual Women’s Right to Run, announced that the run has been named a partner event for 261 Fearless Inc., a global non-profit social women’s running movement founded by running legend Kathrine Switzer, for the second year in a row.  The Right to Run 19K/5K is one of four North American partner 2017 events.

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967, wearing bib number 261. Runners and non-runners alike may be familiar with Switzer thanks to the iconic photo of a race official attempting to forcibly tear off her bib and remove her from the course because she was a woman.

April 2017 is the 50th anniversary of her historic run and she will be lining up on the start line in Boston once again to mark the occasion, alongside a team of 120 women from her 261 Fearless movement representing ten countries.

“The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K is a true celebration of female empowerment. When I first learned of this run taking place in the historic town that is the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, I knew a partnership with 261 Fearless would be the perfect fit,” said Switzer. “I’m very excited to be returning for the 2nd annual event!”

Switzer will be in town for the days leading up to the event to attend various speaking engagements. On race day, Switzer will be the official race starter of the 19K distance, greet runners at the finish line, announce the winners and hand out awards at the post-race ceremony.

“Kathrine is an inspiration to women all over the world, and we were all thrilled when she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame here in Seneca Falls in 2011.  We are so fortunate to have her involved with the Women’s Right to Run as the spokesperson and delighted that our race is an official part of the 261 Fearless movement again,” said Katie MacIntyre, AVP – Marketing Officer, Generations Bank and Race Director of the Right to Run event.

261 Fearless brings active women together through a supportive global community. It allows fearless women to pass strength gained from running to other women who are facing challenges, sparking a revolution of empowerment. Women are running together in local 261 Clubs all over the world, communicate on an inspiring online platform and join events together – united under the symbol 261. Currently there are established 261 Clubs on three continents, more are coming soon.

The Women’s Right to Run race will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Mother’s Day Weekend – in Seneca Falls. Runners have the option of registering to run a 5K or 19K, both of which are USATF (USA Track & Field) certified. Proceeds from the run will benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s fundraising campaign to rehabilitate and transform the historic Seneca Knitting Mill into the Center for Great Women, the future home of the Hall.

Details about race registration and course maps. Details about 261 Fearless Inc. can be found at www.261fearless.org.

About Generations Bank

Generations Bank has partnered with businesses and residents in the Northern Finger Lakes region since its founding in 1870, while maintaining a strong commitment to each and every community in which it operates. The bank is headquartered in Seneca Falls and serves customers from nine retail locations in Seneca Falls, Auburn, Waterloo, Geneva, Union Springs, Phelps and Farmington, New York. Generations was named to CNY Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2015 and 2016.  For more information on Generations Bank, please visit www.mygenbank.com

About Kathrine Switzer

Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. She has been honored widely for her achievements, most recently being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame for creating positive social change. The ramifications of this work are both joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health, and opportunities for women around the world. Now, through the non-profit 261 Fearless, Inc. and the simple activity of running, millions of women are being fearlessly empowered beyond the finish line. For more information on Kathrine, please visit www.kathrineswitzer.com

About 261 Fearless, Inc.

261 Fearless, Inc. is a global non-profit organization created by pioneer runner, Kathrine Switzer. 261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of communication platforms, clubs, training opportunities, ambassadors, merchandising and events.For more information please visit, www.261fearless.org

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Inaugural Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K Raises $5,000 for the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Empowering Mother’s Day weekend run has been scheduled to return in 2017

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (June 7, 2016) – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K, today announced the inaugural event raised $5,000 for the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s fundraising campaign. The campaign is raising funds to rehabilitate the former Seneca Falls Knitting Mill into the organization’s future home, The Center for Great Women.

More than 1,000 runners participated in the Seneca Falls-based event hosted on May 7.

“This year’s event was a great success, and on behalf of the race committee I’d like to thank all of the runners, volunteers, sponsors, spectators, and our national spokesperson for the Right to Run, Kathrine Switzer,” said Menzo D. Case, president and CEO of Generations Bank. “We look forward to making this an annual event and can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!”

The Women’s Right to Run is slated to return next year and will take place in Seneca Falls on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Kathrine Switzer has signed on to return as national spokesperson for 2017. This marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Boston Marathon where she made history by becoming the first woman to complete the race as a numbered entry.

“It was an honor to be a part of the inaugural Right to Run. It was a truly beautiful day with an inspiring mission. I look forward to returning to Seneca Falls next year,” said Switzer.

“We are thrilled with the support we received in our inaugural year – to have over 1,000 participants was phenomenal and through our publicity efforts we were able to generate brand awareness around the globe. With that kind of visibility and support, we know 2017 will be even more amazing,” said Katie MacIntyre, race director and marketing officer at Generations Bank. “Furthermore, with Kathrine Switzer returning to Seneca Falls just weeks after she runs the Boston Marathon for her 50th anniversary of that 1967 run, and the centennial of women’s right to vote in New York state, it will surely be the celebration of a century!”

Sponsors of the inaugural Right to Run and surrounding events include Generations Bank as the organizing sponsor; Fleet Feet of Rochester and Yellow Jacket Sports as the logistics sponsor; The Inns of Aurora as the vendor village sponsor; WomenTIES as the 5K bib sponsor; Finger Lakes Radio Group as the 19K bib sponsor; The Gould Hotel as the official race hotel; FingerLakes1.com as a media sponsor; Finger Lakes Health, First Presbyterian Church, Girls on the Run, Bonadent, Dr. Frank Catalano and Generations Bank/Agency/Investment Services as water station sponsors; Syracuse Media Group and upstatenewyork.com as the runner gift bag sponsor. Special thanks to race start location sponsors New York Chiropractic College and Rodman Lott & Son Farm. Other sponsors and supporters include 261 Fearless, Wright Beverage, Pepsi, Sysco, The Jacobs Press, Wilson Press, Seneca Falls Business Association, Seneca Meadows, The Town of Seneca Falls, The Seneca Falls Police Department and the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.

About Generations Bank

Generations Bank has partnered with businesses and residents in the Northern Finger Lakes region since its founding in 1870, while maintaining a strong commitment to each and every community in which it operates. The bank is headquartered in Seneca Falls and serves customers from nine retail locations in Seneca Falls, Auburn, Waterloo, Geneva, Union Springs, Phelps and Farmington. Generations was named to CNY Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2015 and 2016. The bank is the organizing sponsor for the Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K running event which benefits the transformation of the Seneca Knitting Mill for the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

In addition to traditional business and consumer deposit services, Generations Bank focuses on residential mortgages, as well as manufactured home, automobile, home equity, commercial, non-residential real estate and construction loans. The organization also serves the broader needs of the Finger Lakes area through its insurance business, Generations Agency and financial planning and brokerage services offered by Generations Investment Services. For more information, visit MyGenBank.com.

About 261 Fearless, Inc.

261 Fearless, Inc. is a global non-profit organization created by pioneer runner, Kathrine Switzer. 261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of communication platforms, clubs, training opportunities, ambassadors, merchandising and events. Through these networking opportunities, 261 Fearless breaks down the barriers of geography and creates a global community for women runners of all abilities to support and talk to each other, encouraging healthy living and a positive sense of self and fearlessness.  For more information please visit, www.261fearless.org

Friday, May 6th Events

On Friday, May 6th, Kathrine Switzer appeared at the following programs to talk to students and visitors.

Mynderse Academy program:

National Park program at the Weslyan Chapel: