Saturday, October 15, 2016 • Peru, NY • Course Map
Nestled among the Adirondack Mountains of northernmost New York state lies the small town of Peru, home to roughly 7,000 residents and perhaps best known today for its abundant apple orchards, which runners will have the chance to run past on their way around the course at the Octoberfest Half Marathon.
For those with an interest in early American history, Peru also played an important role in the Revolutionary War, as the site of the October 1776 Battle of Valcour Island, at which the U.S. scored an important victory over the British.
The race is timed to coincide with the peak viewing season for fall foliage in Upstate New York, and runners can expect to see every shade of red, gold and yellow on the apple trees and woodlands along the race route, which follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Peru Fire Department headquarters on Bearswamp Road.
From there, runners head out on what is roughly a clockwise loop route around the edges of the town and into the farm fields just beyond downtown.
Runners can expect plenty of rolling hills along paved country roads, though the elevation changes are mostly gradual — the course rises from a low point of about 200 feet above sea level just past the mile 2 marker to a peak elevation of about 480 feet between the mile 5 and mile 6 markers.
After that, the course begins a long, gradual descent (with a few uphills in between) all the way back in to the finish line at the fire department.
Proceeds from the race will go to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, which is dedicated to providing support to those living with this degenerative lung disease, which can cause great difficulty in breathing and can interfere with the lungs’ ability to deliver oxygen to the rest of the body.
These proceeds will go toward the foundation’s efforts in research to finding better treatments and hopefully a cure someday. Roughly half a million Americans are estimated to be living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis today, and the disease kills an estimated 40,000 people in the U.S. each year.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just miles from the western shoreline of Lake Champlain in northeastern New York state, roughly 300 miles north of New York City, Peru typically sees October temperatures that average between 37°F and 58°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.7 inches for the month.
On race day (Oct. 15), the average low is 39ºF and the average high is 61ºF.
- $50 for the half marathon, if registered by September 12, 2016
- $60 after September 12
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Octoberfest Half Marathon, 10K & 5K race, register online at ZippyReg.com here.
Official Race Website
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