That's the day when hundreds of locals will join with people from across the country, and around the world, to swim, bike and run a combined 70.3 miles. That event, known as a half Ironman, so as not to be confused with another competition that goes twice as long, will jump off at Jamesville Reservoir, where swimmers will stroke for 1.2 miles, then get on their bikes for a 56-mile cycle on the hills of Jamesville, LaFayette and Apulia, before finishing off with a half marathon (13.1 mile) run into Syracuse, all ending at the Inner Harbor. Now doesn't that make the Mountain Goat seem downright easy? (You can check out the entire Half Ironman course, and still register for the race, at www.ironmansyracuse.com.)The Mountain Goat started 32 years ago with a group of runners from the downtown YMCA. As it evolved, the course encompassed the two big reservoir hills in Syracuse- Woodland Reservoir and Westcott-and has grown to one of the premier road races in the Northeast. The course is grueling and challenging for runners unaccustomed to hills; in fact, it's grueling for those who are accustomed to hills.If you come out this Sunday, you won't be disappointed. You'll see people running in costumes. You'll see the guy who dribbles a basketball every step of the way. You'll see runners from Africa competing for the $1,000 first-prize money and folks out there promising themselves with every step that next year they won't stay out so late the night before.
sanity fair Detour ahead: In 2005, Mountain Goat officials, including Jerry Smith (in beret) and Ed Griffin (to his left), BY ed griffin-nolan mapped out a controversial change Perfect 10 to the race route. The Mountain Goat Run kicks off a noteworthy year of local athletic challenges Y ou don’t have to be a runner to love competition that goes twice as long, will jump running. off at Jamesville Reservoir, where swimmers Most especially this coming week- will stroke for 1.2 miles, then get on their bikes end, when Syracuse is host to the Mountain for a 56-mile cycle on the hills of Jamesville, Goat Run. If you come out to watch on Sunday LaFayette and Apulia, before finishing off with you just might find that it’s as much fun to a half marathon (13.1 mile) run into Syracuse, observe the run as it is to participate. Maybe all ending at the Inner Harbor. Now doesn’t even more so, due to the fact that, except for that make the Mountain Goat seem downright “ the exceptionally gifted among us, it is difficult easy? (You can check out the entire Half Iron- near to impossible to run 10 hilly miles and man course, and still register for the race, at drink beer or sip coffee at the same time. www.ironmansyracuse.com.) The Mountain Goat has become the open- The Mountain Goat started 32 years ago ing bell for summertime road races in Syra- with a group of runners from the downtown If you think the folks cuse, and if you’re not running in either the YMCA. As it evolved, the course encompassed 10-mile or 3-kilometer races on the morning the two big reservoir hills in Syracuse— Wood- beating the pavement for 10 miles land Reservoir and Westcott—and has grown to of Sunday, May 2, I highly recommend that in the Mountain Goat are crazy, ” you pick out a spot along the route, set up a one of the premier road races in the Northeast. lawn chair and get ready to cheer. This summer outdoor life in Central New The course is grueling and challenging for run- ners unaccustomed to hills; in fact, it’s grueling mark your calendar for Sept. 19. York gets even better, as Syracuse and Onondaga for those who are accustomed to hills. County will be home to its first Ironman competi- After a flat first mile leaving Clinton Square, the pack of nearly 2,000 runners they face the hills in Thornden Park before streets. Any event that brings 500 souls, most tion in September. If you think the folks beating heads up into Strathmore and makes a loop returning to downtown amid the cheers of the of them from the suburbs, into downtown the pavement for 10 miles in the Mountain Goat through Onondaga Park before descending crowd lining Salina Street. has got to be a good thing for Syracuse. On are crazy, mark your calendar for Sept. 19. to Kirk Park and the South Side. Then they For the past six weeks runners training for race day that number will multiply tenfold as That’s the day when hundreds of locals will start a steady climb up Colvin Street toward the Goat have been convening at the Museum runners along with their friends and families join with people from across the country, and Manley Field House (in my view, the tough- of Science and Technology in Armory Square come for the race and stay for the after-party around the world, to swim, bike and run a com- est part of the race), and get a brief respite as and running a portion of the course in prepa- (with, yes, free beer) which includes Letizia bined 70.3 miles. That event, known as a half they chug toward Syracuse University’s main ration for the big day. Most Saturdays there and the Z Band, and on a clear day can stretch Ironman, so as not to be confused with another campus along Comstock Avenue. Pretty soon have been at least 500 runners out there on the way into the afternoon. The race itself has gotten so well known that it draws runners from all over. A victim MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTOS of our own success, the field has gotten so competitive that no local runner has won it
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