PLATTSBURGH — Registration has begun for the fifth-annual Plattsburgh Half-Marathon and Relay, set for April 27, 2014.
That date isn’t all that far off, organizers say.
“The great thing about the Plattsburgh Half-Marathon is that it’s the first race of the season for many people,” City Recreation Superintendent Steve Peters said in a press release.
“It keeps participants motivated to train and stay active throughout the winter months.”
The Half-Marathon accepts 1,000 runners, along with 100 two-person teams for the relay.
“We expect to see many of past years’ participants back in (2014), as well as many new runners as word travels through the running communities,” said Stephanie Desautels of Delta Marketing International, co-founder and an organizer of the race.
“We are now USATF-certified (USA Track and Field) and hope to attract more runners, as well as those looking to qualify for bigger races.”
Sponsors of the race include the City of Plattsburgh, Delta Marketing and Warren Tire Service Center.
“As the North Country’s signature running event, the Plattsburgh Half Marathon has become a source of community pride for runners and non-runners alike,” Peters said.
COURSE THROUGH CITY
The event will kick off at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at the City Recreation Center on the U.S. Oval. The course winds through the older side of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base then heads north along the Terry Gordon Bike Path before crossing the Saranac River at Bridge Street. It continues through downtown Plattsburgh then through the SUNY Plattsburgh campus toward the residential west end.
Then the course turns north and east, meeting up with Cumberland Avenue, where runners will turn south to pass the Champlain and MacDonough monuments, City Hall and continue through downtown. The final stretch takes runners back across the river at Bridge Street, through the old military base and to the finish line at the Recreation Center.
The race has a three-hour time limit, with the course closed at 11 a.m.
BENEFITS FOX FOUNDATION
As always, sponsorship proceeds for the race benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research through Team Fox.
Runners may raise money on their own and obtain personal sponsorships by joining Team Fox under the Plattsburgh Half Marathon team page at www.teamfox.org.
“The money raised at this event goes directly to this great cause,” said Jen Boyer, co-founder and another race organizer.
“It’s been a huge success for Team Fox, and we’re hoping to raise more for them (in 2014).”
HOW TO SIGN UP
Register for the Plattsburgh Half-Marathon and Relay at www.plattsburghhalfmarathon.com.
The cost is $40 for the Half-Marathon or $70 for the two-person relay until Dec. 31; $50/$80 through March 31; and $60/$90 through April 23. All runners receive T-shirts and finisher medals. Awards will be given to the top three overall finishers for men and women, as well as the top male and female finishers (no duplicates) for the following age groups: Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older.
Find a map of the course at the site as well.