The Lost Girls Races: Mission Accomplished

Volunteering & Giving Back — By on May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

By Holly C. Corbett, LG Executive Editor

Running has always been a solitary activity for me: A time to let my mind wander while moving my body. But running became a team effort when the first-ever Lost Girls Races happened last month with the Seneca 7. Seven off us handed off (well, slapped on) the bracelet that tracked our timing and mileage for the 77.7 mile relay race around Seneca Lake in upstate New York.

We were running to raise money to send two Kenyan orphans, Kelvyne and Celestine, to nursing school through Village Volunteers—and we collected $250! Suddenly, running had a bigger purpose than simply burning stress or calories, and that helped motivate us to each finish a total of three different legs. Plus, relay races are fun! My dad let us borrow his van (which we happily returned with “The Lost Girls” painted all over it) so all seven of us could ride around together while one person was running. Stephen Bailey, my friend from NYC, volunteered to be the race driver though he wasn’t running. We cruise around eating snacks, blasting music and cheering on our fellow racers.

In fact, we turned the race into a weekend getaway. Seneca Lake is right on the Finger Lakes wine trail and also home to gorgeous hiking with parks such as Watkins Glen. The eight of us rented a lovely cottage overlooking the lake from Cobtree Vacation Rentals. Surrounded by 57 acres of woods and farmland, Cobtree Cottages have multiple bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, barbecue access, wi-fi and are only 10 minutes away from the town of Geneva. If you’re wanting to do an affordable group wine tour in the Finger Lakes (or a wedding), Cobtree is a great option because you can get a house that sleeps eight for around $50/person a night. When we arrived on Friday evening, LG editor Nancy was already there waiting with homemade Penne ala Vodka pasta for dinner. If you’re doing a relay race you want Nancy on your team!

We had to be at the starting line at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, and the race ended with a bonfire at the lake at 7 p.m. As soon as we were up on Sunday, we got back in the van for our own impromptu wine tour. Our favorites were Billsboro for the down-home country feel (the tasting room is a red barn) and Hermann J Weimer for the most delicious Reisling.

With the first Lost Girls Races finished, we’re already planning on doing the Seneca 7 again next year. It’s a fun way to get in shape for a good cause and get together with friends. To start your own Lost Girls Races team in your area, click here.

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  • The Cobtree Vacation Rental Resort is proud to sponsor the Lost girls world team for this annual event and will provide Free accommodation for one property for up to 8 people sharing and additional properties offered with a 10% discount.

    This is a good charitable cause we we are honored to support.

  • Raya says:

    I love this! I just recently read (AKA devoured in 2 days flat) The Lost Girls book, and am completely enthralled by the three of you! I am also a runner, and I grew up in upstate NY (Honeoye to be specific) and LOVE Seneca Lake. I really appreciate that you’re supporting this cause and wish you guys the best of luck on all your future endeavors…any chance for another book? I need another fix! Haha 🙂

  • Holly says:

    Thanks for reading the book Raya! I’m from the Syracuse area and love the Finger Lakes in the fall–perfect for running! We have toyed with the idea of doing another but nothing in the works at the moment. You can read more about our current travels at TravelChannel.com. Take care! Holly