Race Events

Race events support the community’s health by providing an opportunity for fun and engaging cardiovascular exercise and a social opportunity for community members, families, and students to come together. Race sponsorship opportunities and volunteer opportunities are available.

GET FIT 52.4 Half Marathon Series

Attention HALF CRAZY RUNNERS!!! Sign up for all FOUR of the Willow Running halfs (listed below) with the mail-in GET FIT 52.4 Half Marathon Series Challenge application! Get discounted registration fees and swag from each individual race PLUS A GET FIT 52.4 FINISHER MEDAL!

  • Earth Day Half Marathon
  • Montezuma Half Marathon
  • Old Forge Half Marathon
  • E-Race Cancer Half Marathon

Info & Registration

Earth Day Half Marathon & 5K

Earth Day Half Marathon & 5K

Emmi Farm’s
Corner Rt. 370 & Vann Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

April 22, 2018
½ Marathon time: 8:30 AM
5K time: 8:45 AM

The Earth Day Half Marathon & 5K has quickly become one of CNY’s most looked forward to springtime races! Along with some of the best swag out there, we celebrate Earth Day by giving all registrants an evergreen tree seedling to plant! The loop course, on low traffic, country roads, has some pretty amazing views of rolling farmland and the lookout at Beaver Lake as well as friendly neighbors that come out to cheer you on! The race start/finish and after party are at the Emmi Farm’s Greenhouse. The 5K is an out & back along two fairly flat stretches of country road. Following the race, you will be treated to live music, a Southern Tier beer, hot food and other treats. The Earth Day Half Marathon & 5K event benefits the Syracuse Rescue Mission and other more local groups.

Info & Registration

Montezuma Half Marathon & 5K

Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Rt. 89
Savannah, NY 13146

June 24th, 2018
½ Marathon time: 8:15 AM
5K time: 8:30 AM

This race will benefit the important work and efforts of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. The Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex support habitat restoration and public use at The Montezuma Wetlands Complex in upstate New York. The course will take runners along country roads and the grassy trails into the Howland Island Unit of the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area.

Info & Registration

Old Forge Marathon

George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center
225 North St.
Old Forge, NY US 13420

September 8th, 2018
Marathon & Half Marathon start time: 8:30 AM
5K start time: 8:45 AM

The full marathon, half marathon and 5K will take place on established bike (snowmobile in the winter) trails that run between the northeast portion of Old Forge, just north of the Water Safari, and work their way towards Eagle Bay. The trail course is mostly gravel and dirt roads. A true Adirondack experience. Fall foliage is estimated to be around 25% peak. A portion (30%) of the Race proceeds will benefit MAC’s Safe Ride, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting bar patrons home safely after a night out and keeping drinkers out of the drivers seat in Old Forge and surrounding areas.

Info & Registration

Migration Run 5K/10K

Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve
1712 Black Brook Rd
Seneca Falls, NY US 13148

October 6th, 2018
5K/10K start time: 3:00 PM

Seneca Meadows is a popular nesting and stop over location for many migrating birds, especially during the Spring and Fall.
Both the 5K and 10K runs are entirely on packed and gravel roads inside the Wetland Preserve. Races will start at 3pm followed by a robust post race party and awards ceremony.
The Migration Run 5K/10K will benefit the Wounded Warriors in Action, a local not-for-profit that serves our nation’s combat -wounded Purple Heart recipients.

Info & Registration

E-Race Cancer Half Marathon & 5k

E-Race Cancer Half Marathon & 5K

Stone’s Marina
9247 N Road
Bridgeport, NY 13030

October 21, 2018
Half Marathon start time: 8:30 AM
5K start time: 8:45 AM

E-RACE CANCER HALF MARATHON & 5K will again take place in Bridgeport, NY at the peak of autumn foliage season. The road course is extremely flat and will take you along the south side of Oneida Lake, New York State’s largest inland Lake with scenic views of both fall colors and the impressive Lake. After the race there will be a post race festival to celebrate the conclusion of the running event with food, drink, vendors and entertainment. This year the primary race event benefactor will be Cancer Connects a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides programs and services to facilitate the cancer journey for cancer patients throughout Central NY State (http://www.cancerconnects.org/) .

Info & Registration

Dick's Sporting Goods Family Fit Series

Dick’s Sporting Goods Family Fit Series

The Family Fit Running Series is a collection of fun and competitive family oriented running/walking events (occurring from spring to fall) encouraging better health, memorable family times and individual achievement.

  • Smart Health Run For Autism 5K/10K
  • ShortcaKe 4K
  • Cannonball 5K
  • Harvest Challenge
  • E-Race Cancer 5K
  • Ugly Sweater 5K

Info & Registration

Smart Health Run For Autism 5K/10K

Dock’s Grill at Pirate’s Cove Marina
9170 Horseshoe Island Rd.
Clay, NY US 13041
May 19, 2018 10:30 AM

The Smart Health Run For Autism 5K/10K will take place on Saturday May 19, 2018 with a start/finish at Dock’s Grill at Pirates Cove Marina on Horseshoe Island Rd (9170) in Clay NY. This year Smarthealth4u.org has teamed up with Willow Running to organize both a 5K walk/run as well as a10K run. Both the 5K and 10K running events will take place on the very flat roads that make up Horseshoe Island.
Info & Registration


Cannonball 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk

  • July 14th – Auburn, NY
  • August 18th – Binghamton, NY

A perfect way to finish a challenging summer race- with a CANNONBALL!!! Two new locations this year. In July it’s at Casey Park in Auburn, NY to benefit the Auburn YMCA’s Free Swim program. In August, join us at Greenwood Park in Binghamton, NY where we will be partnering up with Girls On The Run (GOTR).
Info & Registration

ShortcaKe 4K

Abbott Farms
3275 Cold springs Road (Rt. 370)
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
June 16, 2018 9:00 AM

We all run for different reasons why not add “Running for Shortcake” to the list. Presented by Northside Collision, the ShortcaKe 4K to benefit Sunshine Horses will be at Abbott Farms in Baldwinsville, NY and will coincide with strawberry season in CNY.  All finishers will receive a fresh strawberry shortcake as a reward for job well done!  All entrants will receive a unique custom “I run for Shortcake” race shirt. The race event will benefit Sunshine Horses, an not-for-profit organization helping horses, helping people. Sunshine Horses is an independent agency and rescue facility that rehabilitates, retrains and seeks adoptions for  retired Standardbred race horses.

Info & Registration

Harvest Challenge 5k & 1 Mile Run

Harvest Challenge 5K & 1 Mile Run

Emmi Farms
1482 W. Genesee Rd.,
Baldwinsville, NY 13027.
September 16, 2018 9:00am

A fun and challenging 5K course on tractor paths through and around the fields at Emmi’s farm. There will also be a 1 mile run for all ages. Run or walk either event. Bring the whole family to participate!

Info & Registration

Ugly Sweater 5K Events

Come celebrate the transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas season with a fun but competitive 5K run and don’t forget to wear your best UGLY sweater! There will be awards for overall winners M/F as well as age group winners.