Inaugural Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K Brings Running Legend Kathrine Switzer to Seneca Falls

Series of events slated to take place Mother’s Day weekend, celebrates women’s rights and raises funds for the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s fundraising campaign

logo_blueSeneca Falls, New York – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the first-ever Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K, today released a schedule of community events surrounding running legend Kathrine Switzer’s visit to Seneca Falls. The Right to Run 19K/5K will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m.

Kathrine Switzer, national spokesperson for the Right to Run, was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967. Runners and non-runners alike may be familiar with Switzer thanks to the iconic photo of a race official attempting to forcibly remove her from the course because she was a woman.

261fearlessSwitzer will be in Seneca Falls for the days leading up to the race to attend various speaking engagements and community events.

“I’m honored to be apart of such an empowering race to benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s capital campaign. The unique 19K distance of the Right to Run celebrates the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote,” said Switzer. “I look forward to spending time in this great community and playing a role in race day.”

The events will run from Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7. The schedule of events includes:

Thursday, May 5:

  • National Women’s Hall of Fame visit & book signing, 1 p.m. at the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Free and open to the public.
  • Right to Rally Cocktail Party, 6 p.m. at The Aurora Inn. Tickets at righttorally.com

Friday, May 6:

  • ‘How to be the Hero in Your Life’ presentation by Kathrine Switzer, 9:15 a.m. at the Mynderse Academy High School Performing Arts Auditorium, Seneca Falls (book signing to immediately follow presentation). Free tickets available by calling 315-568-1163 or emailing marketing@mygenbank.com
  • ‘Running the Rough Road to Equality: a true history of the pioneer days of women’s running’ panel featuring Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson, 1:30 p.m. at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s Wesleyan Chapel. Book signing to follow. Free and open to the public.
  • Right to Refuel pre-race dinner with Kathrine Switzer, 4 – 8 p.m. at The Gould Hotel, Seneca Falls. $19 all inclusive. Reserve your spot by calling 315-712-4000.

Saturday, May 7:

  • Vendor Village, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Seneca Knitting Mill.
  • Special Stamp Cancellation, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Seneca Knitting Mill Vendor Village.
  • Right to Run 19K/5K, 9 a.m. Course closes at 12:20 p.m.
  • Awards ceremony, 12 p.m. at the Seneca Knitting Mill Vendor Village.
  • Special toast at 1 p.m. with Kathrine Switzer at The Gould Hotel. Sample Three Brothers Beer’s Inspiring Ale, which was developed to benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

The Right to Run 19K/5K is bringing many local businesses together in support of the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s fundraising campaign. A custom volunteer t-shirt was designed by MacKenzie-Childs and a special-release beer will be supplied by Three Brothers Brewing.

Additional sponsors of the 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, The Town of Seneca Falls, The Seneca Falls Police Department and the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.

Post-race food will be provided by Café XIX. Vendor Village exhibitors include The Inns of Aurora, The Gould Hotel, Kathrine Switzer and 261 fearless, Lace Locker, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, WomenTIES, Seneca Falls Rotary, New York Chiropractic College, Fleet Feet of Rochester, The PostMaster of Seneca Falls, Dr. Kingsley Kabari, Fingerlakes1.com and Finger Lakes Radio Group. The Vendor Village is open to the public and food/drinks will be available for purchase.

The Right to Run is open to men and women. The 5K and 19K courses are both USATF (USA Track & Field) certified. Participants can run or walk the 5K, run the 19K or volunteer.

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 Inaugural Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K running event on May 7, 2016 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, 261fearless.org

First Lady Michelle Obama, The Hon. Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Abby Wambach, NYS Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and Distinguished List of “Power Women” Invited to Attend Right to Run 19K/5K as Honorary Race Starters

Iconic race will celebrate 19th amendment with proceeds slated to support National Women’s Hall of Fame

 

Generations Bank 261 Fearless Logo

 

March 17, 2016Seneca Falls, New York – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the first ever 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 First Lady Michelle Obama, the Hon. Hillary Clinton, 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 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.”

The distinguished invitee list includes:

Abby Wambach Katie Couric
Abigail Johnson Katy Perry
Alanis Morissette Kerry Washington
Alicia Keys Kim Pegula
Amy Poehler Kristen Wiig
Angelina Jolie Lena Dunham
Arianna Huffington Loretta Lynch
Barbara Walters Madonna
Beyonce Marillyn Hewson
Christy Turlington Burns Marissa Mayer
Diane Von Furstenberg Mary Barra
Ellen DeGeneres Meg Whitman
Ellen Kullman Melinda Gates
Ellie Goulding Meryl Streep
Emma Watson Nancy Pelosi
Female Members of U.S. Senate Natalie Morales
Female Members of U.S. Congress Olivia Wilde
Female NYS Assembly members Pink
Female NYS Senators Reese Witherspoon
Ginni Rometty Renee Zellweger
Gwyneth Paltrow Ruth Porat
Heidi Klum Safra Catz
Indigo Girls Sarah Palin
Indra Nooyi Sarah Thomas (first female NFL ref)
Irene Rosenfeld Savannah Guthrie
Janet Yellin Sheryl Crow
Jean Chatzky Sheryl Sandberg
Jennifer Hudson Stenci & Colleen Wegman
Jennifer Lawrence Susan Wojcicki
Jessica Alba Taylor Swift
Kathryn Smith
(first female NFL Assistant Coach, Buffalo Bills)
Ursula Burns
Violet Palmer (first female NBA ref)

The inaugural run is 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 the national spokesperson for the run.

The Women’s Right to Run race is open to men and women and will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Seneca Falls, New York.
Runners have the option of registering to run a 5K or 19K, both of which will be USATF (USA Track & Field) certified.

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

View/Download PDF of Press Release

 

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 ten 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.

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 (formerly Royce & Rosenkrans) and financial planning and brokerage services offered by Generations Investment Services.

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

Women TIES Named Official Women’s Right to Run 19K 5K Partner

A woman-owned business connecting women entrepreneurs across the state

February 3, 2016       

Women TIESSeneca Falls, N.Y. – Women’s Right to Run, announced today that Women TIES, LLC, a woman owned business promoting and supporting New York women entrepreneurs, has been named an official partner for the inaugural event.

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham, Founder and President of Women TIES, LLC (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success), is a dedicated runner who focuses her daily work on marketing, promoting and uniting women entrepreneurs across New York State to increase their brand name and revenue potential.

“The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K is an absolutely perfect fit for Women TIES and our network especially since we created a division of Women TIES two years ago, called the Women’s Athletic Network, in order to bring businesswomen together after work hours to participate in sports, fitness and health activities,” said Higginbotham. “I’m very excited to be a part of this inaugural event and to run in it too because I am also a feminist at heart.”

“Tracy and the Women TIES network mean business,” said Katie MacIntyre, AVP – Marketing Officer, Generations Bank. “I am thrilled to have her expertise and enthusiasm join the momentum we are creating with the inaugural Right to Run 19K 5K event. I am especially thrilled since Tracy and I serve as ambassadors with Kathrine Switzer’s 261 fearless movement and we can’t wait to welcome many ambassadors on race day.”

The Women’s Right to Run race will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Mother’s Day Weekend – in Seneca Falls. Runners have the option of registering to run a 5K or 19K, both of which will be USATF (USA Track & Field) certified.

Details about race registration, volunteering, sponsoring and course maps can be found at www.righttorun19k.org. Details about Women TIES can be found at www.womenties.com.

Download the PDF version of this Press Release

About Women’s Right to Run

The Women’s Right ton Run is a running event featuring both a 19K and 5K course. The Inaugural event will take place on Saturday May 7, 2016 in Seneca Falls, NY. The 19K distance is a nod to the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. Running legend Kathrine Switzer is the National Spokesperson for the event. The Right to Run is an official partner event to her women’s empowerment movement, 261 Fearless. Generations Bank is the organizing sponsor for the event and the proceeds from this year’s event will support the rehabilitation of the Seneca Knitting Mill into the Center for Great Women, the future home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

About Women TIES

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham is the Founder and President of Women TIES (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success), a company that specializes in promoting, publicizing and uniting women entrepreneurs and their companies online and in person in order to cultivate strong economic relationships to advance their companies and eradicate pay inequality. Tracy encourages women to live the Women TIES mission by buying from women entrepreneurs every chance they get.

In 2005, Tracy embraced her passion for supporting other women entrepreneurs and created her second company, Women TIES, LLC, in order to create a larger and stronger geographic buying network for women business owners across New York State. In 2014, Tracy added the Women’s Athletic Network as a division of Women TIES, LLC that promotes athletic events for women entrepreneurs to participate in, train for or support as spectators.

Higginbotham is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and post graduate studies in Business Management. She is a current member of the SUNY Oswego School of Business Advisory Board of Directors.

Tracy’s dedication to supporting women entrepreneurship was recognized by the Small Business Administration twice—once in 2005 and again in 2011 when she received the Region II “Women Owned Business Champion Award.” The Women Business Champion award is given to someone for their significant contributions as an outstanding small business person and for dedicated support of small business.

Higginbotham has received numerous awards including: the 2015 WCNY “Women Who Make America” Award, 2013 Zonta Crystal Ball Award, Women in Business Award, 25 Women in Leadership Award, the Girl Scouts “The 100” who Inspire Girls to Achieve and Lead, 40 Under 40 Award, and the SUNY Oswego Alumni Association Community Service Award.

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 ten 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.

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 (formerly Royce & Rosenkrans) and financial planning and brokerage services offered by Generations Investment Services. For more information, visit MyGenBank.com

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

Global non-profit aims to empower women through running

Seneca Falls, N.Y. – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the first ever Women’s Right to Run, announced today the inaugural run has been named a partner event for 261 Fearless, Inc., a global community of female runners and walkers founded by running legend Kathrine Switzer. The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K is 261 Fearless’ third United States event partner.

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.

“The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K is a true celebration of female empowerment. When I learned of this run taking place in the historic town that is known as 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 a part of this inaugural event!”

Switzer will be in town for the days leading up to the event to attend various speaking engagements. On race day, Switzer will 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,” said Katie MacIntyre, AVP – Marketing Officer, Generations Bank.

261 has become a symbolic number for women to feel fearless in the face of adversity. It became the namesake of Switzer’s nonprofit organization, 261 Fearless, Inc., allowing women to pass strength gained from running and walking onto other women who are facing challenges. 261 Fearless empowers women through the creation of clubs, training opportunities, merchandising and events.

The Women’s Right to Run race will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Mother’s Day Weekend – in Seneca Falls. Runners have the option of registering to run a 5K or 19K, both of which will be 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.

Find the details about race registration and course maps.

Details about 261 Fearless Inc. can be found at www.261fearless.org.

Download the PDF version

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 ten 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.

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 (formerly Royce & Rosenkrans) and financial planning and brokerage services offered by Generations Investment Services. For more information, visit 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. 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

Weber This Week Interview

Organizers, Generations Bank CEO, Menzo Case, and Marketing Director, Katie MacIntyre, joined FingerLakes1.tv’s Harold Weber on his show, Weber This Week, to discuss the Women’s Right to Run 19K and 5K race in Seneca Falls.

Check them out in the video:

2016 Planning Update

Hello.

The planning is well underway for the Women’s Right to Run Inaugural Event in May of 2016.

In addition to the 19K race, a 5K race has been added. The courses are being finalized and we will publish them as soon as we can.

Registration will open this fall and we look forward to welcoming so many smiling faces to Seneca Falls in 2016.

Keep an eye out as we begin to promote the event – we have posters being distributed and hung around the region – and colorful banners were just placed on the Ovid Street Bridge over the canal in Seneca Falls.

Stay tuned,

Right to Run Planning Committee

Seneca Falls to Host Women’s Right to Run 19K

Inaugural Event to be held on Mother’s Day Weekend 2016

Seneca Falls, N.Y. – A committee of individuals, led by organizing sponsor Generations Bank, announced today the first ever Women’s Right to Run 19K will take place on May 7, 2016 – Mother’s Day Weekend – in Seneca Falls. Proceeds from the run will benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s capital campaign which raises funds to rehabilitate the former Seneca Falls Knitting Mill into its future home, The Center for Great Women.

Long distance running legend, activist and author Kathrine Switzer is the national spokesperson for the run. In 1967 Switzer became the first women to officially run and finish the then all-male Boston Marathon, and won the New York City Marathon in 1974.

“As an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, it is truly an honor to be a part of this race,” said Switzer. “The race is a fitting tribute to the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote, and 19km – 11.8 challenging miles- reflects with a unique distance the challenges our foremothers had in going the distance to get that vote.”

“The Hall appreciates the efforts to organize the run for our benefit,” said Jill Tietjen, the Hall’s CEO. “This Center is important to honor the women of the past and the present, to tell the history of women’s struggles, to prepare the women of the future, and to serve as the voice of the value of women.”

“We are thrilled to announce the first Women’s Right to Run 19K,” said Menzo Case, CEO of Generations Bank. “Women’s running has become a joyous activity and to have the event on Mother’s Day Weekend makes it all the more exciting and relevant. This is going to be a wonderful event to help raise national as well as regional awareness for the Hall’s campaign.”

Details about race registration will be announced in the coming months. The Race’s website will be operational on April 15, 2015 (www.righttorun19k.org).