Registration for the 2014 Mountain Goat Run (10 miles) opens tomorrow at 2pm – that makes today the perfect day to do a race review!
Location: Syracuse, New York
Date: May 4, 2014
The Mountain Goat is fairly well-organized. The website is decent and packet pickup on Friday or Saturday at Fleet Feet (the Erie Blvd location) goes smoothly. The only reason I didn’t give five stars here is because race-day registration and packet pickup are chaos – do not wait until race day.
This is a no-brainer. If you pre-register for the Mountain Goat before February 28, the cost is only $35. There are not many big, well-organized races left at this price. However, if you wait until race weekend, you’ll be dropping $60.
With a name like “Mountain Goat,” what do you expect? This ten mile course has two wonderful hills – the first is early and the second is late. It keeps things very interesting. This is a course that you want to tour ahead of time (a drive will suffice). Here’s an elevation chart to consider:
For $35, you get a shirt, a finisher’s medal and a post-race party that includes a band, food and beer. In the past, the medals came in gold, silver and bronze, depending on your time; however, according to www.mountaingoatrun.com, there may be different medals this year. We’ll have to wait and see!
Not only is the race affordable, the city of Syracuse is affordable. There are several nice hotels within a short walk of the starting line including:
Genesee Grande: http://www.geneseegrande.com/
Crowne Plaza: http://www.cpsyracuse.com/
Courtyard by Marriott: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/syrdt-courtyard-syracuse-downtown-at-armory-square/
The Jefferson Clinton Hotel: http://jeffersonclintonhotel.com/
Finally, this race has some history. Past winners include: Joan Benoit Samuelson, Jeff Galloway, Jerry Lawson (still the course record holder), Max King, Kevin Collins and Maegan Krifchin (course record holder).
This is a great race and an excellent challenge. If this is your goal race – excellent. If your goal race is a spring marathon, that works too. I highly recommend this race and I will be out there pounding the pavement once again in 2014. See you there!