October 11, 2022 Seneca7 2023! News and Registration Info
It's October and you know what that means: Your annual pumpkin spice Seneca7 update is here!
Announcement #1: The Who and the Why
When Jeff and I started the Seneca7 around-the-lake relay, we envisioned it as so much more than a race, so much more than a showcase of the lake, so much more than an extension of the Finger Lakes tourism season, so much more than a student project. It has become all of those things, and more. It's an experience; a brand; an ethos of race management that puts sound practices over profits.
In recent years, we have been looking to transition this enterprise to someone (or group of someones) who would keep the race going in perpetuity, staying true to its core principles and continuing to make it ever more awesome. Ian Golden and Red Newt Racing fit that description to a tee (or to a green skirt for those of you who remember his appearance as a member of the course-record-holding, skirt-and-sock-wearing "Cayuga7" in year one).
Ian approaches all of his work professionally and a little playfully, and is as fired up about supporting local vendors, sustainable race practices, and charity partners as we have been. Although he's based in Ithaca--just one Finger Lake over--he's got the Seneca7 spirit!
The Seneca7 is a relay race, and as such, our passing the proverbial baton to Ian for the next leg doesn't mean we've left the team. This is simply a transition in leadership necessary to keep the event safe, fresh, enjoyable, and wholesome for years to come. You will also start to see his attitudinal imprint on the event--like hemp slap bracelets, the smell of patchouli at the finish, and a special birkenstock category (just kidding--or *are* we?!?).
Announcement #2: The Where, When, and How
Speaking of years to come, let's talk about registration for 2023!!! Here's what you need to know:
Race day is Sunday, April 23, 2023 (yes, the 23rd day of April in the 23rd year of the third millenium).
Registration opens Monday, October 31st at 7am. Trick or treat? That's your call.
You can find the registration link, and rules for signing up on the website.
All you need on registration morning is *one* member of your team to sign up and pay the $50 deposit to hold your spot. You'll then have a week to submit the rest of the registration fee and even longer than that to get all your team members' information into the system, waivers signed, pace determined, star chart completed, etc.
Bike teams: there's good news and better news for you. The good news is that you get priority registration if you are willing to sign the bike contract (which commits you to foregoing any motorized vehicle on the course and following the biking instructions). Send us an email to get the special bike team registration link! The better news (for all the rest of us) is that we will have a new "bike czar" in charge of enforcing safety rules and providing you with more direct course support. If you remember the year bike teams were on "probation" for bad behavior it's like that again, only we mean it this time!
Teams who have never missed an edition of the Seneca7 (with the exception of the screwy covid years): We want you! Send us an email to get a special loyalty link for registration.
Teams who love charity, peace, justice, or puppies: Yes, we will offer charity slots again this year. So if you'd rather not fight the virtual crowd on Halloween morning and/or you want to raise funds to support one of our very amazing charity partner agencies, we will offer special registration in November for those fundraising spots. Stay tuned for more details on that.