The Oakleaf

Oak Tree Race - We're Off to Help the Community!

Posted by Penny Dunn, Geneseo Branch Manager on Sep 10, 2019 2:41:07 PM

Labor Day weekend is a busy weekend for most people. As the official last weekend of summer, I know we all try to squeeze a lot into a few days. One of my favorite things to do that weekend, that has been on my list for the past 15 years, is to volunteer for The Genesee Valley Conservancy Oak Tree Race. I have volunteered for this event since it began in 2004, and I have had the privilege to watch it grow over the years into what it is today with 562 people to cross the finish line this past year.

Penny Dunn - Color1For those that may not be familiar with the organization, the Genesee Valley Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust that strives to conserve important natural resources and strengthen connections between people and the land in the Genesee River watershed. Our conservancy is important to everyone as they work to protect the habitat, opens spaces, and our very important farmland for future generations. The race is extremely important in raising funds to help support those efforts.

Our Tompkins team members are always willing to lend a hand and this event is no exception! You can normally find us at the water station on the race course, cheering the runners on as they race by!


Oak Tree RaceAs a mom of three amazing children and a grandma to four fantastic grandkids, I am proud to be a longstanding volunteer for this event, knowing my grandchildren will benefit from the important work the conservancy is doing now. I feel that it is important to be an active member and volunteer in our communities to make the world a better place.

Congratulations to the Genesee Valley Conservancy for another amazing race and to their hardworking team! We appreciate all the work you do to make this event such a success for the community, and we are honored to be a part of it.

To learn more about how you can help, check out their website:


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