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Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K to have global participation

The ninth annual Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K is set for Sunday in Geneseo.
The ninth annual Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K is set for Sunday in Geneseo.

Race organizer Benjamin Gajewski of the Genesee Valley Conservency discussed a new twist for this year's race Tuesday on News 8 at Noon.  "Earlier this summer I got an email out of the blue from a reservist from Rochester who is currently deployed in Northern Afghanistan serving at Camp Mike Spann, and he's going to miss the race this year, he enjoys it, was disappointed and said, hey Ben, is there any way we can do a race over here at the base, and we thought about it for half a second and said, of course," explained Gajewski.

Andrew Kless and troops from a dozen different countries on the NATO base will run at the same time as runners here in Rochester.  They have a secure 1 kilometer loop around their base which they will circle 20 times.

Gajewski expects over 750 runners stateside as well, beginning Sunday at Geneseo High School at 8 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Genesee Valley Conservancy, which protects farms and forests in the Genesee Valley and owns some nature preserves which are open to the public.  "This is one of our largest fundraisers to help support our conservation work," said Gajewski.  "We've designed the course and the event around that.  Runners on the half marathon are going to pass 3,000 acres of permanently protected forest land, horse farms, sheep farms, on the course and some beautiful Oak Grove Savannahs with 300 year old Oak trees."

You can register to run right up to the morning of the race, for the half marathon it's $55 through August 31, $60 the morning of the event.  For the 5K, it's $22 until August 31, then $25 on the morning of the race.

For more information, and to register online, click here.  


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