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A check for $ 7,000 is presented to the Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library in Cassadaga.

CASSADAGA – The free Mary E. Seymour Memorial Library in Cassadaga received a donation from the 207 runners who participated in the Cassadaga Running Festival in May.

In total, the festival raised $ 7,000 to help the library fund a new solar project. The estimated cost of the project is $ 83,596, of which $ 62,697 has already been awarded by the 2019 New York State Building Grant.

The Running Festival, produced and created by Wilson Endurance Sports, was organized in two months after the library board approached them to create an event of some type to help raise the necessary funds. During this time, the event routes as well as the logo were developed.

As part of the event, there was a full marathon (26.2 miles), a half marathon (13.1), a 10K (6.2), a 5K (3.1) and a race d one mile starting and ending at Cassadaga Beach. Participants in the event ranged from four to 79 years old, and attendees from all over the United States also came to participate, as it was one of the first events available after the COVID-19 shutdown. The events had contestants from Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

The Cassadaga Running Festival also had several volunteers from the area and a large group of sponsors to provide competitors with medals, shirts, food prepared by Fred’s Food Service, the Southern Tier Brewing Company Beer Zone, live music from Second Street. Sunset Band, massage therapist and lots of fun. Local companies that sponsored the event were Kwik Fill – Cassadaga, Defiance Tools, Fermentation Station, King Kone, Robo Enterprises, Monte’s Small Engine Repair, Terry Hokaj – Thrivent, Chris Cooke Architecture, Adaptive Massage, Cassadaga Community Bank, NA, Cassadaga Shur Fine, Cassadaga Truck & Auto Sales, Cassadaga Village Historian, Jordan Forestry, Salon 17, Cassadaga, Solar Liberty, Mike Frame Images & Computer Consulting and The RED House. National sponsors who supply products through Wilson Endurance Sports were Hammer Nutrition, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Doctor Hoy’s and Shave Secret.

Above, the race starts at the Cassadaga Running Festival. The festival raised $ 7,000 to help the Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library fund a new solar project. Photos submitted

The winners (men and women) of each event were:

¯ MARATHON – Jeff Zubler from Buffalo in 3:31:04; Beth Connolly from Manchester, NH, with a time of 3:55:00.

¯ HALF MARATHON – Jennifer Selig of Lancaster in an incredible time of 1:26:00 followed by the male winner; Drew Sullivan from Buffalo in 1:30:12.

¯ 10K – Luke Rogers of Buffalo in 36:01; Brooke Adams of East Aurora at 44:00.

¯ 5K – Mary Lawrence of Boston crossed the finish line in 9:19 pm and was followed by Eric Witkowski of Erie, Pa., In 10:30 pm.

¯ 1 MILE – The male winner was Chad Beer of Beaver, Pa. And the female winner was Kater Hockenberry of Jamestown in 7:37.

A full list of finish times is available on the race results page at

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