Within the first mile of the 1/2 Marathon and 5K, participants will traverse through the area of Rochester known as the "Voter's Block". Named for Susan B Anthony, who was the first female voter in the US. It was this area where she voted making national history and forever changing the woman's role in our country by being the pioneer for women's rights.
At the 1 mile mark of the 1/2 marathon, is the home of Susan B Anthony, now preserved as a landmark and museum displaying artifacts, writing and exhibits relating to her life and work in the mission to give women the right to vote.
Just a few yards beyond her home, on the 1/2 and 5K course, is the memorial park with a sculpture of Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass sitting, sipping tea and discussing the issues of equality that existed at that time. Frederick Douglass, escaped from slavery and made strong contributions to the abolitionist movement, and achieved a public career that led to his being called "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia". Douglass is one of the most prominent figures in African American and US History.
Today the "Voter's Block" is in a resurgence to and under going a major rehabilitation including construction of new rental properties and store fronts.
In 2010, participants were wildly received by the residents of this neighborhood as American flags lined the streets, women in period clothing wearing suffragette sashes and even Susan B Anthony herself were on hand to cheer on the runners and walkers.