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Excitement builds as Seneca7 returns this weekend: Organizers urge safety on local roads

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The much-anticipated Seneca7 race, a 77.7-mile running relay event around Seneca Lake, is set to take place on Sunday, April 23. With 307 teams of seven runners each participating, organizers are urging the driving public to exercise extra caution on the roads around the lake.


The race kicks off at 5:45 a.m. in downtown Geneva, with runners following a scenic route along the lake, through Watkins Glen, and back to the eastern shore. Traffic is expected along the west side of the lake during the morning hours, around Watkins Glen at lunchtime, and along the western shore from late morning to evening.

Race co-director Jackie Augustine notes that some teams will travel behind their runner by bicycle, reducing vehicle congestion at exchange points. However, she asks the public to be mindful of cyclists on the road that day.


This year’s event has seen a larger turnout than last year, likely due to a resurgence in running events following the COVID pandemic. Some changes from last year, such as the virtual pre-race briefing, will be retained.

Race co-director Jeff Henderson is grateful for the hundreds of volunteers from Geneva and surrounding communities who ensure the event’s success and safety, regardless of weather conditions. This year’s race will also see the involvement of new co-director Ian Golden, who plans to take over the event in the coming years.

“I’m excited about what the future holds for this event,” says Golden, an experienced race director and former Seneca7 participant. “The Seneca7 is an event known for bringing out local runner and volunteer participation, and for working with area charity partners. I look forward to getting to know the community better this weekend and in the years to come.”