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Wineglass to bring in millions of dollars to area’s economy

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – Corning’s Gaffer District will see a nice little boost economically from this weekend’s Wineglass Marathon. 

In addition to the economy seeing growth, some businesses are helping runners prepare before the race and celebrate after. 

“The economic impact is nearly $5 million dollars,” Race Director Sheila Sutton said. 

Selling out in record time this year, the race will have almost 7,000 runners hitting the pavement and that’s not including friends and family traveling with them for support.

Visitors will be staying anywhere between two to five days with some staying longer or shorter. 

“They come into the area to shop, dine, go wine tasting, visit the breweries, go to the museum, and really, not just stay in hotels, but be part of our community,” Sutton said. 

One Corning restaurant, Cugini on Market Street, is taking advantage of the heavy foot traffic by offering a carbo-load menu on Saturday to help runners with… well, traditionally loading up on carbs. 

“This year we decided to have a few choices of pasta linguine, spaghetti, potato and gnocchi, and lasagna,” Co-Owner Angela Hickey said. 

It’s not just pre-race activities that are going on, but also after when runners cross the finish line in Centerway Square.

The Rockwell Museum is hosting a post-race craft beverage tasting with a large sampling of wines, beers, and spirits from the region. Hors d’oeuvres and tastings will be free to runners and their guests.

Additionally, some businesses that are normally closed on Sundays will be open like Poppleton Bakery & Cafe from 5 A.M. to 5 P.M. 

Other stores that are regularly opened on Sundays might have extended hours, so be sure to call ahead beforehand. 

The marathon kickoff begins Friday with the Wineglass Expo from 12:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Corning Museum of Glass to pick up bibs and get more information.

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