Hundreds of runners hit the streets of Corning for the Red Baron Half Marathon and the Smile Mile run.

Participants arrived at Corning Community College Sunday afternoon to take on the campus’ signature half marathon course, overlooking the Crystal City.

This year’s race included the Smile Mile run – a one mile loop around the campus.
Runners say there is no better feeling than crossing the finish line, especially after a challenging race with a lot of hills.

“The last quarter mile or so is up hill so it’s exhausting crossing the finish line but it was a good race, you know it’s for a good cause so it was overall a good feeling today,” said runner Phil Kwasney of Corning. 

Also a good feeling, 100 percent of the proceeds from the races are going to stay in the Southern Tier for local charities including the Kramer Foundation and the Southern Tier Running Club who offers running scholarships and free running events for kids.