Training Runs Presented by OrthoNow Begin This Saturday


March 23, 2012 at 4:14 AM

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The 2012 Mountain Goat Training Runs presented by OrthoNow begin this Saturday at The MOST in Armory Square. There are a few changes that you should know about that will make the runs safe for everyone.
 
This year we are charging a one-time $5 fee for the training run series. Pay once and train all 6 weeks. With your fee and a signed waiver, you will receive a special wrist band designed for the training runs. You must have the wrist band to participate. Over 400 wristbands have been purchased so far and you can buy them in advance this week at Fleet Feet Sports and avoid lines on Saturday. You can also register on Saturday morning, but plan to arrive early.

With the registration fee, we are stepping up police coverage on the training route. This week 3 police officers with vehicles will be used. Ear buds, headphones, iPods, radios, mp3 players and similar devices are banned from the training runs, so don't bring them. Take the time to meet new people and talk to your fellow runners. There will be a lot of people out there and our goal is to keep conducting the training runs by avoiding an accident. We understand that many people like to run with music, but you just can't do it with 700 other people on open city streets and be safe. upstate_ortho.gifRunners are responsible for their own safety and must obey all traffic laws. That means stopping at all traffic signals or stop signs and obeying any instruction by Syracuse Police. Runners should not be running more than 2 across, in particular up Onondaga Avenue where two-way traffic is often busy on Saturday. The first week run will be 6.0 miles and is our traditional first week route. It follows the first part of the course until you come out of Onondaga Park. Instead of continuing, you make a left at the bottom of the Park and head back to the MOST. There will be one water stop with water and energy drinks. You will pass by it twice at the 1.25 mile mark and the 4.25 mile mark. It will be worked again by The Good Ole Boys Junior Bassmasters Fishing Club. Please thank them as you go by. Here is a map of our Week 1 route.

Doors open at The MOST at 7:15, instructions are at 7:55 and the run begins at 8. 
Don't forget to throw in a dollar for the MOST to thank them for making their facility open for our training runs.

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