New York > Fulton YMCA Century Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
Fulton, NY • Sunday, October 7, 2012 • Course Map
Set for its fifth annual running here along the streets of this small city that lies just a short drive from Lake Ontario in central New York State, the Fulton YMCA Century Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners on an out-and-back loop course that starts and finishes at the Fulton YMCA on West Broadway, and features some challenging uphill and downhill stretches along the race route.
The race got its start back in 2008 as a tribute to local resident Ruth Ripley, an enthusiastic runner who was well-known around her Oswego County home for her penchant for running marathons, of which she'd run 50 by the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She decided not to let it hold her back, however, and eventually completed 50 more 26.2-milers to bring her total to 100 marathons, running the last of those 100 races by serving as the host for this race's inaugural running in 2008.
Today, the "Century Marathon" -- so named for Ms. Ripley's achievement -- typically draws between 150 and 200 runners for both the full and the half marathons combined, with the majority of entrants opting for the half. For runners in the 13.1-mile race, the course follows a clockwise loop that starts at the YMCA and unfolds along what is basically one big loop around Lake Neatahwanta, which lies just a stone's throw from the Oswego River that flows through the heart of downtown Fulton.
From the starting line area, runners follow the course first into downtown, turning off West Broadway and onto West 4th Street, and then onto Curtis Street. By the time runners reach the mile 2 marker, they turn onto County Route 14 and begin heading south toward the southernmost part of the loop route, which brings them along King Road, Guile Road and Sharp Road before putting runners onto Highway 176 to start the second half of the half marathon race.
Filled really with rolling hills throughout the course, the race becomes even hillier in the second half of the course, as runners begin a long straightaway stretch that takes them north along County Road 8, and also features an overall uphill stretch (marked by several uphills and downhills in between) from the 7th to the 10th mile marker. The hills continue all the way around as runners make the turn onto West Broadway for the final two and a half miles of the race -- the final mile of the race offers a reprieve from the hills -- that bring them back toward the YMCA for the finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central New York State, just a few miles from the shores of Lake Ontario and roughly 30 miles northwest of Syracuse, the city of Fulton typically experiences cool (and sometimes cold) to mild weather conditions during the month of October, when average monthly temperatures range between 59°F and 43°F.
On the day of the race (Oct. 7), the average high is 63°F and the average low is 46°F. The city usually sees wetter weather in the fall and early winter than in the spring and summer, as October brings an average rainfall total of just under 3.8 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Century Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the fall 2012 running of Fulton's YMCA Century Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at EZRaceReg.com.
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