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Overall Rating (27 Reviews)
4.4
(27 Ratings)  (27 Reviews)
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The Wineglass Marathon, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, is a must do destination race! A point to point course, the full marathon starts in Bath, NY, traveling the valley to Savona, Campbell where the half marathon starts, onto Coopers Plains, Painted Post and finishing on historic Market … MORE
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    catawbagrl FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race runs like clockwork. Expo was in the Corning Museum, it was small but had all the vendor you needed if you forgot something. Ran the 5K on Saturday … MORE

    This race runs like clockwork. Expo was in the Corning Museum, it was small but had all the vendor you needed if you forgot something. Ran the 5K on Saturday and the Half on Sunday – Both were very well run. Plenty of parking near the buses and absolutely fun, energetic volunteers. They had plenty of busses to get everyone to the start and ample porta pots at the start line. The school was open to stay warm in before the race which was nice. The course was nice and pretty easy. The finish line and after party was awesome!!! COKE at the finish line, so awesome for a non-beer drinker!
    All the food you could possibly need to re-fuel with. Selfie with finish line clock with your time on it was a great touch for people who PR’d or BQ’d. Would definitely run this one again. Race swag was a 1/4 zip long sleeved shirt .

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    Perfect race. Advantages - Flat and scenic coarse Very organized Unbelievable local crowd support Plenty of water stations Lots of brand swag to choose from Pre-race pasta dinner was good … MORE

    Perfect race.
    Advantages – Flat and scenic coarse
    Very organized
    Unbelievable local crowd support
    Plenty of water stations
    Lots of brand swag to choose from
    Pre-race pasta dinner was good and great speakers
    Post-race food – plenty and good
    Great medal
    School was available to get out of the cold for pre-race
    Ample parking
    Disadvantages – It’s hard to get to Corning NY
    Not enough hotels near start line
    Expensive all around

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    OliviaRuns FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my third official marathon, fastest time, but least favorite course. I’ll start with the positives, because there were many wonderful things about this race! I was very impressed … MORE

    This was my third official marathon, fastest time, but least favorite course.
    I’ll start with the positives, because there were many wonderful things about this race! I was very impressed with how well-organized it was from registration to finish. Great communication, easy transportation, excellent swag and finish line food/amenities. Kudos to all the organizers and volunteers!
    Now the course… it is fast, but long stretches are adjacent to the highway with nothing to look at and no crowd support. The first half had minimal cheering sections and the water stops were pretty far apart (2.5-3 miles, I think). The second half had more crowd support and water stops but still left much to be desired for scenery. (I will say, I live in Vermont so I am very spoiled with scenic runs – maybe others would not be as bothered by this course!)
    Lastly, for those wanting to run this fast, I’d suggest training on a lot of continuous downhill if you can. My quads were not prepared and I really struggled at the end due to starting so fast. I wish I had taken the downhill more seriously – it looks gradual on the elevation map but it will destroy your quads!

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    srunner Nov 29, 2022 at 7:54am

    I've heard runners mention that the road has a slight camber to it for most of the race. Did you notice this? Is it avoidable?

    I've heard runners mention that the road has a slight camber to it for most of the race. Did you notice this? Is it avoidable?

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    OliviaRuns Nov 29, 2022 at 8:08am

    I didn’t notice it, only noticed the downhill!

    I didn’t notice it, only noticed the downhill!

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    srunner Nov 29, 2022 at 8:48am

    Thank you for the response!

    Thank you for the response!

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    jguerin77 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is one of the best halfs I have done, and I have done almost 60 of them! Excellent production, fantastic support along the route (seems like the whole town … MORE

    This is one of the best halfs I have done, and I have done almost 60 of them! Excellent production, fantastic support along the route (seems like the whole town gets involved!), and great swag. Oh, and the scenery is gorgeous!! Very well organized from packet pickup to finish line. Kudos to the race director!
    After race food was also a plus…pizza, soup, fruit, cookies, cheese, soda, sports drinks….some of the friendliest support people you will ever find at any race!
    We did the Pinot Challenge (8k, 5K, and half), and got 3 medals. Shirt, jacket, small bottle of champagne, and a glass are included in race packets.
    HIGHLY recommend this event!!!

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    chibbard FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first ever half and started my love for this distance. The race was well run, plenty of course support, flat course, great after party and the glass … MORE

    This was my first ever half and started my love for this distance. The race was well run, plenty of course support, flat course, great after party and the glass medal is one of my favorites. I’d definitely do this race again.

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    dchaplin1990 FIRST-TIMER '21

    It was misting. Otherwise, the race course had scenery that was so beautiful, and the medal is super cool. The race course was very will marked. the one thing that … MORE

    It was misting. Otherwise, the race course had scenery that was so beautiful, and the medal is super cool. The race course was very will marked. the one thing that I would like to see improved is more community support during the middle and half way during the race. The community support at the finish line was incredable.

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    adamkhalil REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Beautiful run in the finger lakes region with a point to point, rustic and downhill’ish course. Race is super well organize and the town of Corning is a great destination. … MORE

    Beautiful run in the finger lakes region with a point to point, rustic and downhill’ish course. Race is super well organize and the town of Corning is a great destination. Nearby museum of glass is also a great spot to visit to take your mind off any jitters. Most restaurants offer runner specials the night before and great hotel options.

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    memories1113 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Well organized race. The Expo was at the Corning museum which was nice to take in. The staff and volunteers were wonderful. One downsize is being bussed to the start … MORE

    Well organized race. The Expo was at the Corning museum which was nice to take in. The staff and volunteers were wonderful. One downsize is being bussed to the start and having to wait. Fortunately the school opened and let us wait in there because it was raining.

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Hard to add to what's been shared over the years here. Great communication and organization. Smallish expo, but very cool that it's in the Corning Museum of Glass. Definitely worth … MORE

    Hard to add to what’s been shared over the years here. Great communication and organization. Smallish expo, but very cool that it’s in the Corning Museum of Glass. Definitely worth a tour while you’re there. Very fortunate they have several warm maintenance buildings to gather in pre-race as 2021 had Rainy conditions for most of the day. Definitely a PR/BQ type of course if you’ve done the requisite training. Wonderful food options at the finish. Overall top notch Marathon. Would repeat it if not going after the 50.

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    c2cgt FIRST-TIMER '21

    Flat course, green farms and trees, wonderful volunteers and residents, food and beverages at the finish, everything well organized… Couldn’t have asked for anything better for 1st race. The race … MORE

    Flat course, green farms and trees, wonderful volunteers and residents, food and beverages at the finish, everything well organized… Couldn’t have asked for anything better for 1st race.

    The race finishes in Corning’s quaint main st. Those interested can check out the glass museum. We had a fun family trip from NYC for the race, and will be back again.

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    BillyD0021 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Well organized mid sized marathon. Perfect weather, and tremendous support of volunteers. Local residents take great pride in this event. Finish line in Corning, NY was awesome. MORE

    Well organized mid sized marathon. Perfect weather, and tremendous support of volunteers. Local residents take great pride in this event. Finish line in Corning, NY was awesome.

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    Bibwearingdad FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great and well organized event that gives you everything from effortless transportation to the start line to tons of fuel, hydration and support on the course with just an overall … MORE

    Great and well organized event that gives you everything from effortless transportation to the start line to tons of fuel, hydration and support on the course with just an overall great event from start to finish.

    We stayed at the Radisson downtown and everything is just walking distance away and couldn’t be any easier to get around town, from beginning to end.

    I will consider this race again for both half and full distances in the near and distant future.

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    Ashleemccabe02 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Really well run race. There are no hills , super flat. Plenty of water stops and fuel on the course. I definitely recommend running this if you have a chance! MORE

    Really well run race. There are no hills , super flat. Plenty of water stops and fuel on the course. I definitely recommend running this if you have a chance!

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    jfickler FIRST-TIMER '19

    Dont get me wrong, I did enjoy the run, the issue is that there were stretches where it wasnt scenic (running next to the highway) and it felt like it … MORE

    Dont get me wrong, I did enjoy the run, the issue is that there were stretches where it wasnt scenic (running next to the highway) and it felt like it dragged out. The start line was well organized and the finish was a good party, but around mile 12-17, there wasnt much to enjoy. Regardless, had a fun time, loved the medal made out of glass!

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    samderusso FIRST-TIMER '18

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this race. First off, Corning is adorable and the entire finger lakes region is amazing. A must do trip (take a day and go to Ithaca too!!). … MORE

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this race. First off, Corning is adorable and the entire finger lakes region is amazing. A must do trip (take a day and go to Ithaca too!!). The expo is so cute –its inside the Corning museum of glass! Book an appointment early for glass blowing if you want to try it! The expo was smaller but packed with good stops. The zip up you get for your race shirt is the best! Not some dinky thin shirt.
    The course is beautiful and picturesque upstate NY. You run through small towns and past farm houses. The finish line area is great and a fun way to finish on the main drag. The medal is so unique (glass) and beautiful! Overall, this race is amazing and a must do for upstate NY.

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    Grammarathon FIRST-TIMER '18

    flat course, pretty fast. Heard it was scenic. I wouldn't describe it that way...a lot of the run is beside a not so attractive railroad bed. The start was slow...waiting … MORE

    flat course, pretty fast. Heard it was scenic. I wouldn’t describe it that way…a lot of the run is beside a not so attractive railroad bed. The start was slow…waiting outside in the cold for 35 minutes just to get to the start line. The town is nice however, and has charm. The glass museums are great and all in all it is a nice weekend.

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    runningthekeystone REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my second year running the Wineglass Marathon and it didn't disappoint. I achieved all three of my goals. It rained, but the temperatures were perfect as a result. … MORE

    This was my second year running the Wineglass Marathon and it didn’t disappoint. I achieved all three of my goals. It rained, but the temperatures were perfect as a result. I’m most definitely going to be back again in the future. Great organization, great course, great swag, just GREAT!

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    donnanash FIRST-TIMER '17

    If you stay in downtown Corning, logistics couldn't be any easier. Bus transport to start (for runners only). This makes it a very interesting way to begin a race. Course … MORE

    If you stay in downtown Corning, logistics couldn’t be any easier. Bus transport to start (for runners only). This makes it a very interesting way to begin a race. Course is very flat, but not scenic. Great crowd support at the finish and excellent selection of post race food.

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    mrshawke0807 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Registration/packet pick-up: This race costs a little bit more than other half-marathons, but it is so worth it! I had friends who tried to register late in the spring and … MORE

    Registration/packet pick-up: This race costs a little bit more than other half-marathons, but it is so worth it! I had friends who tried to register late in the spring and were put on a long wait list. Make sure you register early!
    Packet pick-up was crowded, just like everything else that weekend. The Wineglass draws a large crowd in general; it’s just a part of the experience. We figured that out the night before the race when we went into town to eat dinner and there was a 2 hour wait at pretty much every restaurant.

    Swag: I have run two half-marathons, two ten-milers, and several 5ks and 10ks. This race by far had the best swag I’ve seen so far. I wear the pullover performance jacket they gave us all the time. We also got a cute little stemless wine glass, a mini bottle of champagne, a drawstring bag, and a bunch of coupons to local restaurants.

    Weather: The beginning of October in New York is the best time to race in my opinion. The race started out cold, around 30 degrees, but by the middle it was already in the 50’s. Sunny with a light breeze.

    Location: Corning is a small village, surrounded by smaller rural towns. There is no direct route from where I live, so it involved a lot of winding, country roads. There also aren’t very many hotels in the area. We ended up booking a cabin through Air B&B. Again, it’s just a matter of planning ahead since so many thousands of runners attend this race.

    Parking: I chose to park in Bath and take the shuttle. My family parked at the Glass Museum and walked to the finish line.

    Aid/water stations: There were an adequate amount of stations at this race.

    Course: Flat!!!! This course was pancake flat. Perfect for a first-time half marathoner like myself.

    Scenery: This is a beautiful course, especially at this time of year. Fall foliage surrounds you, and you really get to soak in nature.

    Pre and post-race: I wasn’t a huge fan of the pre-race organization. They squeezed all 3 or 4,000 of us into a high school to stay warm, but all the rooms were locked so we had to line the hallways packed very, very close together. I was a newbie so I had no idea if that was normal but after researching and participating in other races, I think it’s a little odd. Post-race, they handed out bananas, yogurt, pizza, and water.

    Overall: I would recommend this race for someone who wants a flat, rural course with great crowd support. I felt that it was a great race for my first half marathon. The entire town came out to cheer us on, there were people holding signs and bells almost the entire way. They also offer pacers for various time goals, which I appreciated. Mine was very encouraging and peppy.

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    ShellyL FIRST-TIMER '17

    Wineglass is known to be a great race to PR or BQ. I would recommend it for that reason. The expo is located at Corning Glass. It's a small expo … MORE

    Wineglass is known to be a great race to PR or BQ. I would recommend it for that reason.
    The expo is located at Corning Glass. It’s a small expo with just a handful of vendors. You walk through the glass gift shop, so there’s obviously an attempt to get you to spend some time and money there. With your bib, you get a small Wineglass marathon glass and tiny bottle of champagne (for those over 21).
    There was a lot of traffic on race morning. I stayed about 4 miles away from the finish area and it took a good 25 mins to get there. It is a point to point course, so you board a bus at the finish and they drive you to the start. We were huddled in a building that had small heaters and there was a big tent with heaters also. This was nice so you didn’t have to stay out in the cold.
    The bag check trucks were right there, so you literally could wait until the last few minutes to check your bag. No need to toss your sweatshirt and lose it.
    The course is good. I honestly didn’t think it was scenic (as advertised) but maybe other people saw things I didn’t. At times you run parallel to a highway, which is kind of boring and loud. There are a few “bumps” – not big enough to call them hills. It is generally flat. There are adequate aid stations with lots of volunteers. If you like big crowds during the whole race, this is not the case here. There are pockets of people, but many times you run along in silence.
    The finish line is pretty cool. You turn left and come into town, running down the main street for about 3 block. There are a ton of people here and they are excited to cheer for your final stretch.
    The medal is a big draw, as it is glass and very unique. The food at the end is plentiful: soda, water, sports drink, cookies, pizza, bagels, etc. They actually hand you a plastic bag so you don’t have to juggle your banana and lose it.
    I would definitely do this race again. They limit the field size (which is great), so I’d plan ahead and register early.

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    M_Sohaskey Oct 20, 2017 at 8:40pm

    Let's not bury the lead, Shelly... huge congrats on your BQ! Amazing job, so excited for you. As for the race itself, with a point-to-point course, last-second bag check and… MORE

    Let's not bury the lead, Shelly... huge congrats on your BQ! Amazing job, so excited for you. As for the race itself, with a point-to-point course, last-second bag check and unique medals... why haven't I run this yet? :) My only excuse is that it's so far away from SoCal. But the more I learn about Wineglass, the more it appeals to me... and I could use a cool weather race right about now. Thanks for another awesome review, and good luck at Marine Corps this weekend! LESS

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    ShellyL Oct 21, 2017 at 3:34am

    Thanks Mike. It really is a great destination race as well. Stay and enjoy the Corning Glass Museum and local wineries. Hope you can get time to do it sometime.

    Thanks Mike. It really is a great destination race as well. Stay and enjoy the Corning Glass Museum and local wineries. Hope you can get time to do it sometime.

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