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Welcome to beautiful Wilmington, NY, the home of Whiteface Mountain and the 6th annual Whiskey Run 5K and 10K!
But why a Whiskey Run you ask? As it turns out, the area has quite a storied history with liquor, legal and otherwise. During the War of 1812, Wilmington supplied good rye whiskey to the American troops at the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of their daily ration. During prohibition with its proximity to Canada, Wilmington residents provided temporary haven for bootleggers crossing the border, and until recently, Wilmington was home to US Barrel, a whiskey barrel cooperage. So with our somewhat checkered history and natural beauty we invite you to join us for the annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run June 17th, 2023 starting at 9:30 am at Preston Festival Field in Wilmington. Following the race is the awards ceremony with food available for purchase at Preston Festival Field. Run participants will receive a t-shirt and a “swag bag” filled with quality local goods. Run finishers will receive a medal.
PLEASE NOTE: State and local Covid-19 guidelines in place on the day of the race will be followed.
Virtual Option--- 5K & 10K- (Times must be turned in by 11:30 AM to qualify as a race finisher.) You can run anywhere anytime between 8 AM and 11:30 AM on Saturday, June 17th. You will be able to submit your official results through text message or email (instructions will be sent).
Order t-shirts with registration, Ladies’ small, medium, large, Xtra large. (***They run small***)
Mens’ small, medium, large, Xtra Large
8 am- 9:15 am at the registration booth at Festival Field on Springfield Road
Limited registration is available the day of the event from 8:00am – 9:15am at the registration booth located at Festival Field
At the Town Offices Parking Lot across from Festival Field, at the “village garage” lot across the street from Festival Field and on-street parking on west side of Springfield Road (NOT in the running lanes on Springfield Road).
Awards and prizes will be presented at 11:45 am, followed by a special higher value In-person Runner’s Raffle Drawing (must be present to win).
In-person race prizes for top three overall finishers in both the 5K and 10K races, male and female, as well as top 3 male and female finishers in each age category, age as of race day. 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ For the Virtual races, awards for the top three overall finishers in both the 5K and 10K races, male and female.
GET A REFUND BY REFERRING FRIENDS!
Refer 5 or more participants and receive 1 free registration as our THANK-YOU - check your confirmation email after you register!
Food for purchase from vendors is available at Preston Festival Field on race day.
Presenting sponsorship $1,000
If interested in becoming a sponsor, register & pay online at https://wilmingtonhistoricalsociety.org/whiskey-run-sponsorship/ by May1st, presenting sponsors by April 1st.
Contact information: Karen Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org .
PHOTOS- & PHOTO SHARING---A unique Whiskey Run photo frame set-up at the Wilmington’s Preston Festival Field Park during the week before and on the day of the race serves as an additional photo opportunity for local runners. Participants are encouraged to take their own photos during their run and/or at the park to share on Social Media and on the adkwhiskeyrun.com website.
Same-day activities at the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run Festival include:
• Whiskey tastings & Food, 11 am-4pm, Preston Festival Field
• 1812 Battle of Plattsburgh re-enactors in period clothing with tents & demos, 11 am-4pm, Preston Festival Field
• Battle of Plattsburgh Military ceremony in remembrance of local War of 1812 soldiers, 12:30pm, Preston Festival Field
• Music and entertainment 11 am – 4pm
• Raffles, history display, craft vendors, craft demonstrators, and more… all day at Preston Festival Field, 11am-4pm.
• Raffle drawings 3:30 pm
Come for the Run and Stay for the Day!
All other Wilmington attractions and activities are open for the entire weekend: the Wilmington Town Beach, High Falls Gorge, the gondola at Whiteface Mountain, the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway, mountain biking trails, fishing and kayaking the AuSable River. See www.whitefaceregion.com for more details and for dining and lodging information.
10k Run Route- (race must be completed by 11:30 AM to qualify as race finisher)
Remember to run on the left side of the road facing traffic. Water stations are located at approximately the 3K, 5 K and 8 K locations. Porta-potties are at the 5K (KOA Campground) location and at Festival Field. Begin at Preston Festival Field, go north on Springfield Road until you reach NYS Route 86 and turn left. Continue on NYS Route 86, crossing the stone bridge and the AuSable River. Continue to the four corners, turning left to stay on NYS Route 86. Continue to Bowman Lane (aka Beach Road), turn left and proceed to the barricade.Turn around at the barricade to go back out to NYS Route 86 and turn left. Go 3 km and turn left (east) onto Fox Farm Road (it has a left-hand running/biking lane). Just past the 5km mark (at the entrance to the KOA Campground) there will be an aid station with a porta-potty and a water station. Continue on Fox Farm Road, cross Springfield Road to Indian Rock Road. Continue on Indian Rock Road (a loop road) for about 1 km until you return to Springfield Road. Turn right onto Springfield Road and cross it onto the running/biking lane. Continue on Springfield Road until you reach the Preston Festival Field turning left to the finish line, back where you started.
5k Run Route- (race must be completed by 11:30 AM to qualify as race finisher)
Porta-potties and a water station are located near the start at Preston Festival Field. An additional water station is located at approximately the 2K mark. Note that the southbound lane of Springfield Road will be closed for the duration of the 5K. Begin at the RACE START/FINISH LINE on Cunningham Lane at Preston Festival Field (after the 10K racers have left the START/FINISH LINE first and being timed separately). Make an immediate right onto the bike/walking lane of Springfield Road. Note that the southbound lane of Springfield Road will be closed for the duration of the 5K. Continue on Springfield Road for 2.5 K and turn around at the designated marker, returning to Preston Festival Field for the FINISH LINE back where you started.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Refer 5 or more participants and get a refund of up to $25.00 as our THANK YOU!
VOLUNTEERS: We rely heavily on volunteers to make our events successful and we appreciate any and all the help we get. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Peters at email@example.com .
DISTILLER/VENDOR: If you are a distiller or produce a whiskey related or themed product we’d love to have you as a vendor or sponsor this year. If you choose to be a sponsor, you can also be a vendor, but with all the publicity and other advantages that a sponsorship brings. To register as a vendor, go to https://wilmingtonhistoricalsociety.org/whiskey-run-festival-vendor/
SPONSORSHIP: If you would like to be a sponsor of the race, we offer 4 levels of sponsorship: PRESENTING, BOURBON, RYE AND MOONSHINE levels. To register as a sponsor, go to https://wilmingtonhistoricalsociety.org/whiskey-run-sponsorship/
Contact our sponsor coordinator, Karen, to talk through the possibilities and find the fit perfect for you by contacting the Wilmington Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org .Thank you for your support!
6th Annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run & Festival—Saturday, June 17, 2023
The Annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run and Festival, to benefit the Wilmington Historical Society’s building fund, takes place each year on the Third Saturday in June at Preston Field in Wilmington. Race options include a 5K race and a 10 K race, as well as a Virtual Option. Run participants receive a t-shirt, a race completion medal, and “swag” from our local businesses. Awards are given in men’s and women’s categories for both the 5K and 10K races for the first, second and third places. Sponsorship opportunities for local businesses are available and encouraged.
The races are followed by the Whiskey Run Festival, FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC, from 11am- 4pm at Preston Festival Field. The Festival includes whiskey tastings and food, Battle of Plattsburgh re-enactors in period clothing with tents and demos, history display, music and entertainment, Craft Fair, raffles, and more…. The public is encouraged to attend this fun community event.
Activities at the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run Festival include:
Whiskey tastings & Food, 11 am-4pm, Preston Festival Field
1812 Battle of Plattsburgh re-enactors in period clothing with tents & demos, 11 am-4pm, Preston Festival Field
Battle of Plattsburgh Military ceremony in remembrance of local War of 1812 soldiers, 12:30pm, Preston Festival Field
Music and entertainment 11 am – 4pm
Raffles, history display, craft vendors, craft demonstrators, and more… all day at Preston Festival Field, 11am-4pm.
Raffle drawings 3:30 pm
For further information go to https://wilmingtonhistoricalsociety.org/whiskey-run-festival/
Why a Whiskey theme?
The Wilmington area has quite a storied history with liquor, legal and otherwise. During the War of 1812 Wilmington supplied good rye whiskey to the American troops at the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of their daily ration. During Prohibition with its proximity to Canada, Wilmington residents provided temporary haven for bootleggers crossing the border, and until recently was home to US Barrel, a whiskey barrel cooperage. So with our somewhat checkered history and natural beauty we invite you to join us for the our annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run and Festival. We hope to see you there and bring all your family and friends!
What is the purpose of the fundraiser?
This is our MAJOR fundraiser for our proposed new Ruth & Thomas Keegan Memorial History Center building to house the Wilmington Historical Society. The land, which we own, is located on NYS Route 86 between the A&W Restaurant and the Alpine Country Inn & Suites. We need your support to construct a building with a reference library, an archives room, and a display/lecture/community space to promote Whiteface Region history!
We hope to see you there!
Wilmington's Festival Field
2 Cunnigham Lane (off of Springfield Road)
Wilmington, NY 12997
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