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Student, Alum Organizers of Seneca7

Deirdre Wholly ’11 was recently featured in an article that ran in both the Ithaca Journal and the Democrat and Chronicle, focusing on the Seneca7 event she proposed and which will take place this Saturday, April 30. Instructor of Philosophy and Centennial Center Leader in Residence Jackie Augustine ’99 is also featured in the article, as an event organizer.

According to the article, more than 500 participants are expected. “Each seven-member team will run various legs of the course. Wholly, course director, said the finished course, south on the west side of the lake and north on the east side, ‘exceeds my wildest dreams. It has everything – city running through Geneva and Watkins Glen, flat stretches and beautiful views of the lake, quiet roads past farms and cemeteries, scenic routes through lakeside parks, long up-hills and down-hills, waterfalls and wineries.'”

Noting that Wholly will graduate in a few weeks, the article quotes her, “For me, the Seneca7 relay will be an ode to the lake, a thank-you for all it has meant to me the past few years, a chance to race with friends I’ll be leaving, a chance to say goodbye (for now) to the Finger Lakes and finally, a chance to leave something behind: my contribution to an event that will hopefully run for years to come.”

The full article, as it appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle, follows.



Democrat and Chronicle
500-plus runners to race in teams around Seneca Lake

Neil Chaffie • The Ithaca Journal • April 25, 2011

As a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, Deirdre Wholly has lived next door to Seneca Lake for nearly four years.

“The lake is a part of student life here. All year we walk by it. We sit and read, looking out over it. Some of us sail on it. In the summer we swim in it, sometimes across it. We bike beside it, run along it, study creatures living in it.”

She has proposed “a joyful celebration of Seneca Lake.” “I can’t think,” Wholly continued in her Ode to Seneca Lake, “of a better way to celebrate the lake than to run around it, embracing its 77.7 miles of shoreline in a single day of competition, exploration and adventure.”

More than 500 people are in complete agreement and plan to take part in an event known as Seneca7, due to begin at 7 a. m. Saturday at Geneva’s Lakefront Park.

Each seven-member team will run various legs of the course. Wholly, course director, said the finished course, south on the west side of the lake and north on the east side, “exceeds my wildest dreams. It has everything – city running through Geneva and Watkins Glen, flat stretches and beautiful views of the lake, quiet roads past farms and cemeteries, scenic routes through lakeside parks, long up-hills and down-hills, waterfalls and wineries.”

As a runner, she wrote, “I love exploring on foot roads I might never have reason to drive down, finding hidden treasures like waterfalls and abandoned barns, and seeing the world go by at a slower pace so I can take it all in.”

She tells of “being thrilled” at her selection as director of the race course. The event, she added, will draw “runners from all over to explore a beautiful area for the first time, or to rediscover it.”

In their website, race officials said the Seneca7 “will introduce you to the wonders of Seneca Lake: rushing inlets, crashing waterfalls, banks bathed in golden sunlight. All you and your team must do is run around it.”

The event will conclude at Lakefront Park in Geneva Saturday evening. Jackie Augustine, a race official, said Seneca7 shirts will be available along with post-race food, entertainment and awards. Traffic will be watched over by course officials. Augustine said proceeds will go to worthy local causes.

Organizers “come from all over the country,” the team said in its website, “and they have different backgrounds, some as passionate athletes, some simply enjoy organizing events. What they all have in common is that they want to create a memorable event that will continue to take place for many years to come.”

Wholly, in addition to planning a safe and interesting event, has been at work on a booklet that will guide the seven-member teams around the lake and alert them to points of interest. She also will be working with transition directors to ensure that exchange points, where teams switch runners, operate smoothly.

Wholly, concluding her college years at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, said she is excited to be working with the race team while recognizing her studying here is nearing an end.

“For me, the Seneca7 relay will be an ode to the lake, a thank-you for all it has meant to me the past few years, a chance to race with friends I’ll be leaving, a chance to say goodbye (for now) to the Finger Lakes and finally, a chance to leave something behind: my contribution to an event that will hopefully run for years to come.”

Among the race officials are Gillian Meadem, exchanges; Marcela Melara and Max Beckett, technology; Lauren Lark and Sarah Gall, funding; Alexa Crivelli and Courtney Cytryn, volunteers: Brittany Lopez, medical; Anna Hertlein, sustainability; Lauren Brown, victory; and Ryan Kincaid, special projects. Faculty members as well as students have been and are continuing to work on the Seneca7 project.

 

In the photo above, Wholly, who is a chemistry major, works in the lab of Assistant Professor Justin Miller.