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Aqueduct 5K — A Fun-Family Event

For the most part we enjoy our small, quiet canal town here in Montezuma, but soon it will be bustling with activity on  Saturday, October 11, 2014, for the second annual Aqueduct 5K Run/Walk and Community Event. The Richmond Aqueduct must have created quite a stir in town when it opened here in 1856. The 5K race will bring back that excitement when the race begins at 10 AM. Also included in the day’s events is the Kids’ Fun Run at 11 AM.   Pre-register for both the 5K and Kids’ Run Race at before October 1st. Prices will go up from $25 to $30 and then $35 cash only on the day of the race.

The Aqueduct 5K Run/Walk was created as a fun-family, community event to further develop the Montezuma Heritage Park, sponsored by Friends of the Park. Whether joining the race to run, for a leisurely nature walk or just cheering the participants on, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this event.

What an amazing team of volunteers are making it possible including our Planning Committee and over fifty volunteers lined up for the day of the event.  A huge thanks goes out to everyone that has pitched in to prepare for it. Special attention has been given to improving the course this year which includes several scenic nature trails that meander through this beautiful historic nature park. With the proceeds from last year’s event, Kurt Warren has improved one of the trails to correct a water drainage problem at the Route 31 end of the trail. A new trail has been added, and an alternate route mapped out in case of flooding along the shoreline.  In addition, to our hard working trail helpers, the Town has received support from the Cayuga County Sheriff inmate program to help maintain the trails. We received special support this year from two Port Byron Central School senior high students, Kourtney Verdi and Zachery Recckio. With their help, the Kids’ Fun Race will offer our younger runners an occasion to also be an important part of the event. Other activities for the kids will be a bouncie house, face-painting and games. In addition to giving Kourtney and Zach an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, each will have earned a $500 scholarship in return for their valuable community service from the Town of Montezuma and Montezuma Historical Society.

Safety and traffic control is a top priority, and we are grateful to the Montezuma Fire Department for devoting volunteer time  to ensure the needs of the participants and those attending the event are met. A special thank you to Assistant Fire Chief Steve Thurston and wife, Kelly, and EMT June Smith for taking the lead on their end, and for the Port Byron Rescue team to be on standby. Highway Superintendent Jeff Dawson and Town Board member, Tom Fitzsimmons are making sure all details are worked out for the grounds layout and set up. Auburn Party Rental has generously donated a tent for the event.

There will be lots of food available both before and after the races. The VFW will be holding a chicken BBQ; the Fire Department will have hamburgs, hot dogs, and the Fireman’s Auxiliary will have breakfast pizza, and coffee and donuts. The Baker’s, Paul and Bunny, will be serving their famous homemade waffles — a treat not to be missed — delicious anytime of the day. Water and snacks for the participants have been donated from Tractor Supply and Seneca Foods, Pat and Joel Glimpse. Even if you’re not running or walking come out to support the participants and the park and enjoy music by the Lock 52 Jazz Band, and MC Bryan Rubenau. Our neighbors and a major sponsor, the Montezuma Winery will be providing samples of their famous, award-winning wines. Another sponsor, Savannah Bank, will be on hand to share information about the “hometown” services. Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C, engineers for the new inter-municipal water project has joined in supporting us this year. Farmboy Graphics will be supplying our specially designed t-shirts, and Rose M Massage will be available to help you relax those tight muscles after finishing the race.

Funding for the event was received from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation Event and Festival Program, and the Cayuga County Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play program along with many local business sponsors are helping to meet the many expenses and supplies needed for the race. Please support them and say thank you for Making a Difference! in our community. Visit the sponsor page to see a complete list at:

The race is named for the Richmond Aqueduct, a magnificent structure, second largest on the Enlarged Erie Canal built in 1849 that carried the Canal waters over the Seneca River. Its remains stand today as a testament to the amazing engineering ingenuity and labor it took to build a canal through the wilderness across New York State. The Montezuma Heritage Park is a valuable resource that we are proud to provide as a place to recreate, enjoy the blessings of nature, and the heritage that was an important part of America’s expansion and growth. Come out and discover what we’re made of, and help us celebrate our heritage on October 11th!  

The Erie Canal was North America’s most successful and influential public works project. – See more at: a part of the growth of our country.


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