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