First Lady Michelle Obama, The Hon. Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Abby Wambach, NYS Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and Distinguished List of “Power Women” Invited to Attend Right to Run 19K/5K as Honorary Race Starters

Iconic race will celebrate 19th amendment with proceeds slated to support National Women’s Hall of Fame


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March 17, 2016Seneca Falls, New York – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the first ever Women’s Right to Run, today unveiled an unprecedented invitation list of international “power women” who are being encouraged to attend the upcoming Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K in historic Seneca Falls—birthplace of the women’s rights movement.

The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K celebrates the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Seneca Falls was the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. This fitting tribute race will benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s fundraising campaign, which is raising funds to rehabilitate the former Seneca Falls Knitting Mill into its future home, The Center for Great Women.

Leading the marquee invite list is First Lady Michelle Obama, the Hon. Hillary Clinton, Dr. Jill Biden and Ms. Oprah Winfrey. An additional 50+ high powered female leaders, CEOs, actresses, athletes and advocates are also being invited. Special guests may participate in the race through running, walking or as an honorary starter.

“As we join together to celebrate female empowerment and how far we’ve come since the 19th amendment was signed, we’re extending the invitation to many of the women who continue to fight for progress and serve as an inspiration to all,” said Katie MacIntyre, AVP – Marketing Officer, Generations Bank. “The race for equal rights is never really over, but we continue to make great strides and these women are shining examples of that effort.”

The distinguished invitee list includes:

Abby Wambach Katie Couric
Abigail Johnson Katy Perry
Alanis Morissette Kerry Washington
Alicia Keys Kim Pegula
Amy Poehler Kristen Wiig
Angelina Jolie Lena Dunham
Arianna Huffington Loretta Lynch
Barbara Walters Madonna
Beyonce Marillyn Hewson
Christy Turlington Burns Marissa Mayer
Diane Von Furstenberg Mary Barra
Ellen DeGeneres Meg Whitman
Ellen Kullman Melinda Gates
Ellie Goulding Meryl Streep
Emma Watson Nancy Pelosi
Female Members of U.S. Senate Natalie Morales
Female Members of U.S. Congress Olivia Wilde
Female NYS Assembly members Pink
Female NYS Senators Reese Witherspoon
Ginni Rometty Renee Zellweger
Gwyneth Paltrow Ruth Porat
Heidi Klum Safra Catz
Indigo Girls Sarah Palin
Indra Nooyi Sarah Thomas (first female NFL ref)
Irene Rosenfeld Savannah Guthrie
Janet Yellin Sheryl Crow
Jean Chatzky Sheryl Sandberg
Jennifer Hudson Stenci & Colleen Wegman
Jennifer Lawrence Susan Wojcicki
Jessica Alba Taylor Swift
Kathryn Smith
(first female NFL Assistant Coach, Buffalo Bills)
Ursula Burns
Violet Palmer (first female NBA ref)

The inaugural run is a partner event for 261 Fearless, Inc., a global community of female runners and walkers founded by Kathrine Switzer. Switzer, who made history as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967, is the national spokesperson for the run.

The Women’s Right to Run race is open to men and women and will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Seneca Falls, New York.
Runners have the option of registering to run a 5K or 19K, both of which will be USATF (USA Track & Field) certified.

Details about race registration and course maps can be found at

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About Generations Bank
Generations Bank has partnered with businesses and residents in the Northern Finger Lakes region since its founding in 1870, while maintaining a strong commitment to each and every community in which it operates. The bank is headquartered in Seneca Falls and serves customers from ten retail locations in Seneca Falls, Auburn, Waterloo, Geneva, Union Springs, Phelps and Farmington. Generations was named to CNY Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2015.

In addition to traditional business and consumer deposit services, Generations Bank focuses on residential mortgages, as well as manufactured home, automobile, home equity, commercial, non-residential real estate and construction loans. The organization also serves the broader needs of the Finger Lakes area through its insurance business, Generations Agency (formerly Royce & Rosenkrans) and financial planning and brokerage services offered by Generations Investment Services.

About 261 Fearless, Inc.
261 Fearless, Inc. is a global non-profit organization created by pioneer runner, Kathrine Switzer. 261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of communication platforms, clubs, training opportunities, ambassadors, merchandising and events. Through these networking opportunities, 261 Fearless breaks down the barriers of geography and creates a global community for women runners of all abilities to support and talk to each other, encouraging healthy living and a positive sense of self and fearlessness. For more information please visit,