The Montezuma Aqueduct 5K Run/Walk was created as a fun-family, community event that is helping to further develop the Montezuma Heritage Park. Whether joining the race to run, for a leisurely nature walk or just cheering the participants on, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this event.
The Montezuma Heritage Park consists of over 165 acres of parkland acquired by the Town of Montezuma in the 1960′s to preserve its significant natural and historic resources. Plans are now underway for further development by the Town for everyone to enjoy it as a beautiful recreational nature park. It includes rich natural resources and many historic sites along the Seneca River/Erie Canal that tell the story of New York State’s Canal System from 1820 to today.
The race is named for the famous Richmond Aqueduct built in 1849 that carried the Erie Canal waters over the Seneca River. It was the second largest aqueduct on the Enlarged Erie with 31 arches, 894 feet long. When New York State changed the route of the canal to the Barge Canal System in 1917, it was dismantled. Seven beautifully preserved arches remain on Montezuma’s east side of the river, and three on the west side in the Town of Tyre as a testament to this engineering marvel.