Robert Kephart is the coordinator of the he Red Baron Half Marathon and a faculty member at Corning Community College. Before the Interview, Robert wanted to remind that : “The Red Baron is a volunteer organized and managed race. The race would not be possible without the volunteers that give their time and the businesses that donate food and services.”
The Red Baron Half Marathon starts at the Corning Community College Commons at the top of Spencer Hill in Corning, New York and takes the picturesque roads down the back side of the hill to the Corning Family YMCA.
The Red Baron Half Marathon is having its 30th anniversary this Year! The race was created as a fund raiser for Spencer Crest Nature Center to assist with access for the disabled. The race has raised close to $2000 a year for the center!
The Red Baron Half Marathon starts at the top of Spencer Hill in Corning, New York and takes the picturesque roads down the back side of the hill. There are no steep hills that would be rough on the knees; and yet, from start to finish, there is a gradual 800 foot drop in elevation. Local distance runners regard this course highly, and consider this a great race event.
The Red Baron Half Marathon usually draws 150 – 200 runners. We hope to draw a wide variety of runners, anybody looking for a race with lots of commrodery and competition will enjoy the race!
This is the only race that we organize.
The Red Baron Half Marathon usually has cool weather that is ideal for running a half marathon. On occasion we have experienced rain but in general the weather is cooperative.
The Red Baron Half Marathon has food and a brief awards ceremony at the finish of the race.
The city of Corning has a beautiful downtown on Marketstreet with many fine restaurants, shopping district, Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum of Art, and The Corning Palace Theatre. Many make a weekend taking in other local attractions including wineries to north along Keuka and Seneca lake.
The Red Baron Half Marathon is a race that is largely made up of returning runners that have experienced the race, enjoyed it and the fine people that take part and return every year! Please come be a member!