New York > National Distance Running Hall of Fame Half
Marathon & 5K
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Featuring a picturesque course that takes runners alongside the waters
of Utica's Canal Trail, the National Distance Running Hall of Fame Half
Marathon and 5K offers a race that fits the organization it benefits --
a race with several challenging stretches, but also one that welcomes
runners of all abilities. The race, organized by the Utica Road Runners
club, benefits the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, which was
established in Utica in 1998 to honor the athletes who have brought
fame and recognition to the sport.
The race -- which also includes a 5K and a half-marathon relay -- is a
hilly one, ranging in elevation from about 390 feet to 440 feet above
sea level at its highest points. The most significant hills, most of
which unfold along the Canal Trail, occur between miles 2 and 3 and
miles 10 and 11. The half-marathon follows an out-and-back course that
begins near downtown Utica on Whitesboro Street, and then turns
eastward onto North Genessee Street and northward onto the Canal Trail,
the portion of the course on which most of the race is run.
Weather & Climate
Located near the center of the state, just over 60 miles east of
Syracuse and about 20 miles from the outskirts of Adirondack Park,
Utica sees widely variable weather in the spring, as May temperatures
range between 71°F and 44°F. Rainfall during the month
averages about 3.53 inches.
$25 if registered before April 29, 2009
$28 between April 30 - May 10
$30 in person at the race packet pickup on May 16
To register for the 2009 running of Utica's National Distance Running
Hall of Fame Half
Marathon & 5K, register online at Active.com.
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