31st annual Wineglass Marathon
A record number of racers and spectators at this year's Wineglass Marathon in Steuben County. YNN's Katie Husband tells us why the event continues to grow.
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STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. -- The runners crossing the finish line in Corning received a lot of cheers at this year's Wineglass Marathon which has made a run for 31 years.
"Love running, love to do something that's great for the community as well as getting the runners to come here, I guess, it's just my passion, you might call it," said Mark Landin, Wineglass Marathon Race Co-director.
And these runners share the same passion. The full marathon started in Bath which was 26 miles and the half marathon started in Campbell which was 13 miles. This is the second year of the half marathon, and officials have seen it grow so much.
"More and more people are going after challenging themselves, stress relief, and the half marathon is the number one distance in the United States right now so, we're seeing more and more runners," said Sheila Sutton, Wineglass Marathon Race Co-director.
A first-time, first place half marathon runner set a race record at one hour and three minutes.
"I've always wanted to run the local race. I've had some decent training this summer and so I decided I'd try and give it a shot," said David Bronfenbrenner, first place runner.
Among the thousands of racers in the full and half marathons, officials said they've seen more women participants.
Out of the two thousand runners in the full marathon, over 50 percent were women. For the 1,800 participants in the half marathon, over 70 percent were women.
"It's a great destination location with the wineries, the glass museum, mom's running and I'm bringing my family but there's plenty to do for them," said Sutton.
The Wineglass Marathon has been a 31 year tradition and will continue to run in the future.