April 27, 2014

Editorial: City, get set to cheer runners

About 800 runners will move through city streets this morning for the fifth-annual Plattsburgh Half-Marathon, and we hope many residents are out there to cheer them on.

It’s been a tough winter, and the now firmly established symbol of spring and good health is especially welcome this year.

The Half-Marathon starts at 8 a.m. today at the City Recreation Center on U.S. Oval. The course weaves through the city, finishing back at the Rec Center.

What a great example these runners set as they move along city streets, winding 13.1 miles through neighborhoods. These aren’t professional athletes but regular people who have put their hearts into training to see if they can achieve this taxing personal challenge.

We encourage city residents to show their support as the runners pass by their homes. All you need to do is stand out by the curb and cheer them on. Or put out a sign encouraging the participants if you can’t invest the time to stand there.

The route is U.S. Oval to New York Road, Ohio Avenue, Nevada Oval and Terry Gordon Bike Path and then these streets: Jay, Bridge, Margaret, Brinkerhoff, Helen, Broad, Rugar, Olivetti, Dennis, Erin, College, Kennedy, Park Avenue West, Cogan, Haley, Tremblay, Park, Concord, Haley, Leonard, Park, Draper, Broad, Beekman, Bailey, Montcalm, Elm, Miller, Cornelia, City Hall Place, Sailly, Route 9/Margaret, Cumberland, City Hall Place, Bridge, Jay, Hamilton, Club, U.S. Oval (west) and U.S. Oval (east).

It would be worthwhile for families to get their children out into the yards to cheer on the runners. When the kids see the ranges of age and body type of the people passing by, they might feel inspired to take up running or other exercise. Some runners do the race as a relay team; others briskly walk it.

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