In August 2011, the Oneida Indian Nation launched the inaugural Turning Stone Races. The event was so successful that this June the tribe announced a three year extension of the annual running event. The tribe is hosting the second annual Turning Stone Races this weekend, August 25-26. Races consist of a half marathon, a 10K, and a 5K run.
“The Turning Stone Races offer something for everyone from the long distance runner to those who prefer a shorter distance," said John Mathews, marketing president of Eident Sports, which manages the race. "We’re very excited about our three year extension with Turning Stone Resort and the Oneida Indian Nation to host the event.”
All races start and finish on the grounds of the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, the heart of Central New York, and take runners on a picturesque journey through farmlands and wooded areas of Upstate New York. Nearly 120 individual prizes are up for grabs for men and women of various age brackets as well as wheelchair competitors. All finishers receive a medal for their participation.
To learn more about entry fees for each race—which includes hydration and fueling stations, medical support, baggage handling, security, and an official shirt—visit www.turningstoneraces.com. After each race, runners will receive refreshments and awards presentations.
Guests can stay for a discounted rate during Race Weekend with options between the luxurious The Lodge, comfort with a view at The Tower, classic lodging at The Hotel, modest comfort at The Inn, or recreational fun at The Villages RV Park.
Turning Stone also offers gifts to race runners—a “thank you” for participating in what the tribe anticipates becoming a premiere running event in Central New York. In their registration packets, runners will find coupons for free and discounted goods and services at Turning Stone Resort Casino and SavOn Stores. The coupons feature deals at SavOn Stores and Turning Stone Resort venues including retail shops, the Showroom, Season’s Harvest Buffet, the Corner Market, Sportsplex golf and tennis domes, and Ahsi Day Spa.