Sunday, May 31, 2015 • Plattsburgh, NY • Course Map
Inspired by the hit reality television series, the Biggest Loser Run/Walk race series got its start in late 2012 and early 2013 with a series of 5K, 10K and 15K races as well as a series of five half marathon races across the country, including this year’s Biggest Loser Half Marathon Plattsburgh in the Adirondack Mountains of of upstate New York.
The race series — with half marathons in Racine, Wis.; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Jackson, Miss.; and Erie, Pa. — is aimed, like the television series, at inspiring people who’ve neglected their health and fitness with events that are open to both runners and walkers, and feature less challenging (read: easier) courses, especially like the fast, mostly flat terrain along Lake Champlain here in Plattsburgh.
Runners will follow a double-loop, out-and-back course for the 13.1-mile race, which starts and finishes in front of Plattsburgh’s City Hall and McDonough Park overlooking Cumberland Bay, along City Hall Place.
From there, the course heads first north along the Saranac River for a loop around Cumberland Avenue, Boynton Avenue and Sally Avenue, followed by a stretch that brings the field back around the starting area.
After that, runners cross over the river on Bridge Street and begin the trek south along McDonough Street, Hamilton Street and Club Road, which brings them down to the U.S. Oval Historic District, which formerly served as a U.S. Army barracks and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and where its officers’ quarters, hospital, barracks buildings, chapel and parade ground still stand.
The route brings runners south along Club Avenue and Nevada Oval all the way down to the entrance to the Terry Gordon Trail (also called the Terry James Gordon Recreational Path), which runs alongside the still-active Canadian Pacific Railway line along the shore of Lake Champlain, and is part of a series of paved biking, running and walking trails through the city.
The trail was named for Terry Gordon, who served Plattsburgh as a city councilor and city historian, and was a longtime runner himself.
The bike path brings runners north all the way past the Plattsburgh Amtrak station to Bridge Street, where they’ll cross back over the Saranac River and head north toward City Hall, where they’ll start the route all over again for the second loop.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the shorel of Lake Champlain’s Cumberland Bay in northern New York, just miles from the U.S.-Canadian border and roughly 310 miles north of New York City, Plattsburgh typically sees mostly cool to mild weather in April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 25 degrees (in 1966) and as high as 94 degrees (in 1979).
On race day (May 31), the average low is 51ºF and the average high is 72ºF.
- 2014 Biggest Loser Plattsburgh Half Marathon Run | Walk
- 2013 Biggest Loser Plattsburgh Half Marathon Run | Walk
Course Time Limit
5 hours, which means you’ll need to keep a pace of 22 minutes per mile or faster.
- $45 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2014
- $50 between January 1 – 31, 2015
- $55 between February 1 – 28
- $60 between March 1 – 31
- $70 between April 1 – 30
- $80 between May 1 – 27
- $85 at the race packet pickup (if not sold out)
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Plattsburgh’s Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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