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December 9, 2013

Registration opens for P'burgh race

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.

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