Changes for the 2014 Mountain Goat Run Training Program

March 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM


The annual Mountain Goat Training Runs are one of the best parts of spring here in Central New York; and with between 700 and 800 participants most weeks, they are bigger than a lot of local races.

Unfortunately, the number of participants has created issues for the Mountain Goat Run, the Syracuse Police Department, and the neighbors and merchants who live or do business on or near the training routes. Over the past month we have been working with the police to address the concerns of the people impacted by the training runs. Our options have ranged from not having the training runs at all, to finding a different venue, to operating a reduced schedule. One option we did not have was conducting the same six-week program we have always conducted because the training runs were like having a race every Saturday for six straight weeks. 

In 2014, there will be four training runs beginning on Saturday, April 5 and continuing each Saturday in April. The runs will again start at the MOST in Armory Square but will start 30 minutes earlier at 7:30 a.m. The cost of the training series will be $15 and sign up must be completed in advance though our online registration site. There is no additional online processing fee. Participants who have registered online will receive a training wristband that can be picked up at Fleet Feet Sports in DeWitt or Clay beginning April 1 or at any of the training runs.

The first training run will be 5.75 miles long, week two will be 6.5 miles, week three will be 8 miles and week four will be 6.5 miles. Please note that all distances are approximate and subject to change.

Participants will be in open city streets and must obey all traffic laws, just like if you were out on a run in your neighborhood. The Syracuse Police Department will have officers on the training route each week. Having police coverage costs the Mountain Goat Run over $2,000 per week for the training runs and our overall cost for police coverage, including race day coverage, is near $20,000.

The future of the training runs depends on the participants. If the rules are ignored and participants run with too many people across and impact traffic, cross streets improperly, disobey traffic signals/signs or otherwise act in an unsafe manner, then we have been assured by the Syracuse Police Department that we will not have the training runs next year. This is not our first choice, but at this point it is the only choice. The rest is up to you.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.


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