5K Race





Wood Library’s third annual 5K, Fun Run and Story Walk raised $6,000 for the library’s summer youth programs.  148 runners from as far away as California, Idaho and Washington, DC and from all over the Rochester and Finger Lakes region participated in the event which was held at Canandaigua’s community library on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

The 5K race male/female top finishers were John Kolh (Camillus, NY) with a time of 20:21 and Sarah Biernat (Bloomfield, NY) with a time of 22:22.  The Fun Run male/female top finishers were:  Samantha Lupton (Canandaigua, NY) with a time of 7:45 and Peyton Fritz (Canandaigua, NY) with a time of 7:50.

Medals and prizes were presented to the top 5K finishers in each age group.  Several people completed their very first 5K race.  Craig Ross of Canandaigua placed first among library trustees and Pam Negley of Canandaigua placed first among library employees.

The event was profitable thanks to these generous sponsors:  Brian Rheude Orthodontics, Paul and Maggie Bringewatt, John and Christina Casey, CIG Insurance Agency, the Eye Care Center, Finger Lakes Dental Care, Five Star Bank, Friends of Wood Library, Gary and Christine Henehan, Peter and Peggy Kane, Scott and Noraleen LeClaire, Lyons National Bank, Nothnagle Realtors, Oasis Acres, Dan and Lindsay Pennise, Peter Blackwood Photography, Reliant Community Credit Union, Robert and Caroline Gray, Walmart, and Wegmans.

A race-day raffle featured items donated by area businesses:  Anytime Fitness, Canandaigua Sailboarding, Coach St Clay, Grounded by Yoga, Lafayette Restaurant, Nolan’s, Park West Spa, Peter Blackwood Photography, Pontillo’s, Sinful Confections, and Tall Trainer.  Additional raffle items were donated by:  Jenny Goodemote, the Jenkins Family Carrie Magnan, Tina Manzer, Carrie McKeegan, and Road ID.

A story walk featuring Jonathan London’s “Froggy Builds a Treehouse” was open to families all day, free of charge.  Other race-day activities included a special story time and photos with Froggy, Tornado T’s, glitter tattoos, music, giant bubbles, magic balloon animals, and sidewalk chalk.

Proceeds from this event support the library’s summer youth programs.  Reading clubs, Lego programs, kids building challenges, teen game and movie nights, crafting programs, author visits, and ice cream making are just a few of the dozens of activities planned for youth at Wood Library through the month of August.

Next year’s race for Wood Library is set for Saturday, July 14, 2018

Want to be a race sponsor?  Contact Maria Bucci at [email protected]