Who was Nate?

Nate Holdridge was a senior at Canastota High School when he was tragically killed in an auto accident in January 1996. He had been accepted to St. Lawrence University where he planned to continue to run Cross Country & Track while pursuing his degree. Nate had a “dream” to one day see a track built in Canastota that his community could utilize to help perpetuate the sport of running which he so dearly loved.

Why is the race held?

The Nate the Great Race is held in conjuction with the Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend. Proceeds from the race started out building the “dream” of a state of the art track facility, when that was accomplished, the race continued on for numerous other community efforts. The race currently supports; scholarships, summer conditioning programs, youth track meets, health & fitness classes, office of the aging, and numerous other community based programs. Additionally, you can find the Canastota Running Club baskets at fundraisers whenever there is a time of need.

The Nate started out as a 5K race in 1996.  In 2015, in honor of the 20th race, a 20K race is being added.

The Canastota Running Club also continues to support the track as it weathers through the years. In addition, they care and tend for the Memorial Garden located at the entrance of the track. Each year new names are sadly added to the garden of fallen Canastota High School Alumni. They are honored with the placement of their name in the garden. Family members take part in the Rose Ceremony as their lost loved ones names are read aloud and added to the circle around the Nate Stone.

Nate Holdridge Memorial Garden

The Canastota Running Club is preparing for the 19th Anniversary Memorial Run of the Nate the Great Race. In their preparation, they are collecting names for memorial bricks in the Nate Holdridge Memorial Garden. If you have a family member that graduated from Canastota High School, was an athlete and met an untimely death, please contact Darrell Gaglianese at 315-697-3562 prior to March 22nd, 2015.