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Big Island Marathon Makes New York News

  The Star Gazette Newspaper, from Elmira, New York, published the following story in their sports page on July 28, 2010 which highlights the Wineglass Marathon and the relationship formed with our very own Big Island International Marathon.  The story was written by Teresa Haight.

Elmira, New York

 Haight column: Wineglass Marathon drawing a lot of interest

The 29th Wineglass Marathon and Merrill Lynch Team Relay will be held Oct. 3, beginning in Bath and finishing in Corning.

Registration is quickly filling up for this annual event, with more than 1,100 individual marathoners currently registered. The cutoff for the individual registrations has been increased to 1,550.

Relay team registrations are currently at 50, with a cutoff at 150 in order to accommodate the increase in individual registrations.

There has been a huge increase in interest in the Wineglass Marathon from across the country for this year’s event. The event has a history of never closing before the day of the event, but don’t wait until the last minute to register because late entries may not be accepted.

One of the limiting factors may become the ability of the local area to house all the out-of-town runners at area hotels.

Landin & Big Dog exchange marathon shirts

                                Wineglass Marathon race director Mark Landin met with Big Island International Marathon race director Wayne Joseph in downtown Market Street in Corning in June. Joseph was on a 5,000-mile promotional tour of the Hilo, Hawaii, race in an effort to attract more participants from New York state.

The Hilo Marathon takes place in March through bamboo rainforest and over wooden bridges and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful marathons in the world.

According to John Elliot of marathonguide.com, there are 800 marathons in the world this year, with half of them in the United States.

Joseph heard about the Wineglass Marathon and decided to contact Landin in hopes of promoting the Wineglass Marathon in Hawaii, and the Hilo event in New York.

Landin is an avid runner and has spent years on the road either running in races or hosting them.

When Joseph met Landin, he was just recovering from putting together a first-time race for the city of Corning, an 8K (just short of five miles) that coincided with the first Glass Festival.

“First-time events are always difficult to coordinate,” Landin said. “The city wanted to find something to replace the LPGA (Corning Classic), which had their final event last year due to financial reasons. That’s why they came up with the idea to host a Glass Festival and have a road race to go along with it.”

Landin, like most race organizers around the country, is relied upon by the community to use his knowledge and expertise to put on events that attract outside residents and promote tourism.

The Wineglass Marathon has attracted close to 800 marathoners each year. Recently voters in a Runner’s World survey selected the Wineglass as the “speediest” 26.2-mile race in the nation.

“Our cool fall temperatures, and relatively flat course, make for fast times by most people,” Landin said.

The event is always held the first weekend in October and is considered one of the most spectacular marathons, with the tree leaves turning colors.

Landin was the director of the Wineglass Marathon from 1993 to 1997 before moving to Asia as part of his job with Corning Inc.

Once Landin returned from Asia he was quickly recruited back to organizing the Wineglass event. It was Landin who redesigned the course to its “speediest” status.

“We had previously had a course that started at the bottom of a long hill, about four miles from where we start today,” he said.

By changing the course Landin was able to get the finish line moved to downtown Corning, which made it relatively flat with a slight downhill net elevation drop. That made for a super-fast qualifying course for those interested in trying to make the Boston Marathon.

“I expect that with the positive articles from Runner’s World over the past few years we will continue to grow as we are considered by many to be a ‘best kept secret’ in terms of a race in this part of the country,” Landin said.

Hilo’s own David Hammes, a professor of economics at the University of Hawaii-Hilo was in Corning last October and had rave reviews for the fast course and the many amenities that went with finishing the race. He said he would definitely do this race a second time if he’s ever in the area again.

“We usually get one or two marathoners from Hawaii each year,” Landin said. “Most of our runners come from states where the driving time to Corning is five hours or less.”

Additional information on the Wineglass Marathon can be found at www.wineglassmarathon.com.

And if you ever thought about traveling to Hilo, Hawaii, in March, then you might run in one of the most beautiful marathons in the Pacific. There is also a half-marathon and 5K.

Big Flats resident Jake Arkin is the designer for the Hilo Marathon website: www.hilomarathon.org.

Anyone who plans to travel to Hawaii to participate in his Hilo race can contact Joseph at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

August 1, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wineglass Marathon & Hilo Marathon Directors Meet

Wineglass director, Mark Landin, exchages t-shirts with Hilo Marathon director

CORNING, NEW YORK – One of the most challenging distances in racing is being able to finish a full marathon, 26.2-miles.

   In 1986 it became the crown jewel in my running accomplishments when I finished my first 26.2-mile race, the Honolulu Marathon.  During the months of preparation I continued to tell myself that this would be my first and the last marathon, as the preparation was taking its toll.

   When I crossed the finish line on that beautiful Honolulu December morning I realized that this marathon was going to be the first of many more to come.

   While the world has seen a fluctuation in the infatuation of marathon running we don’t have to look hard to find a 26.2-mile race somewhere on the planet today.

   According to Marathon Guide writer, John Elliot, there are 800 marathon races in the world in 2010 and half of them are found here in the U.S.A.

   It didn’t take me long while on vacation in upstate New York to bump into the race director of the Wineglass Marathon in Corning.

  Mark Landin is an avid runner himself and has spent years on the road either running in races or in hosting them.

   When I met Landin he was just recovering from putting together a first time race for the City of Corning, an 8K (just short of 5-miles) that coincided with a Glass Festival.

   “First time events are always difficult to coordinate,” Landin said.  “The City wanted to find something to replace the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) which had their final event last year due to financial reason.  That’s why they came up with the idea to host a Glass Festival and have a road race to go along with it.”

Mark Landin

Landin, like most race organizers around the country, is relied upon by the community to use his knowledge and expertise to put on events that attract outside residents and promote tourism.

   Coming up later this year is the 29th Annual Wineglass Marathon which attract close to 800 marathoners each year.  If you’re wondering why the Corning Marathon is called the “Wine Glass” it’s because Corning Ware and Corning Glass come from this part of the country.

   Corning also host the world largest glass museum and is famous worldwide for its elegant work.

   Recently voters in a Runners World survey selected the Wineglass Marathon as the “speediest” 26.2-mile race in the nation.

  “Our cool fall temperatures, and relatively flat course, makes for fast times by most people,” Landin said.  The event is held during the first week in October (Oct. 3, this year) and is considered one of the most spectacular as all the trees leaves are turning colors.

   Landin was the director of the Wineglass Marathon from 1993 to ’97 before moving to Asia.  “My job with Corning, Inc sent me to Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai from 1998 to 2001,” Landin said.

   Once Landin got back from Asia he was quickly recruited back to organizing the Wineglass event.  It was Landin who redesigned the course to its “speediest” status.  “We had previously had a course that started at the bottom of a long hill, about 4-miles from where we start today,” he said.

   By changing the course Landin was able to get the finish line moved to downtown Corning which made it relatively flat with a slight downhill net elevation drop making for a super fast qualifying course for those interested in trying to make the Boston Marathon.

   “I expect that with the positive articles from Runner’s World over the past few years we will continue to grow as we are considered by many to be a “best kept secret” in terms of a race in this part of the country,” Landin said.

   Hilo’s own, David Hammes, a professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii – Hilo was in Corning this past October and had rave reviews for the fast course and the many amenities that went with finishing the race.

  “I found the mementos quite unique in that finishers were given a half split bottle of champagne, a nice finisher’s shirt with Wineglass motif and a glass finisher’s medal,” Hammes said.  “If I’m ever in the area again I would definitely do this race a second time.”

   “We usually get one or two marathoners from Hawaii each year,” Landin said.  “Most of our runners come from states where the driving time to Corning is five hours or less.”

   Landin is the type of race director that most runners appreciate having, as he is a runner himself.  Runners make the best race directors as they know what other runners like and appreciate about doing their event.  Landin can even brag about having a sub-par 3 hour marathon time under his belt.

   “I’ve been a runner since high school, so I have 35 plus years and an estimated 30,000 plus miles on my legs,” Landin said. 

   If you’re looking to do a fast, well organized 26.2-mile marathon, that is certified and a Boston qualifier, then take a look at making a trip to upstate New York in October.

June 21, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment