Syracuse Half Marathon – Race Review

Medals from last year's Syracuse Half Marathon

Location: Syracuse, New York

Date: March 23, 2014

Race Organization: five stars original

This race is extremely well-organized. First, the website is good: http://syracusehalf.com/. Second, packet pickup the day before the race goes very smoothly at Fleet Feet. However, even if you decide to pick up your packet on race day, it isn’t a hassle. Third, you can stay inside (and warm) right up until the start of the race. In fact, there is even a small area where you can warm up a little. There is plenty of parking close to the start and the post-race party is a good time!

Cost: threestars

Early registration ended yesterday and was $55. The cost is now $65 and it goes up to $75 on March 11 – and then $90 on race weekend! I think this is a little pricey for a race in Syracuse, which is why I only gave it three stars. However, there are entry perks for “elite” athletes (see http://syracusehalf.com/elite-runners/)

Course: four stars

The course starts by climbing nearly 200 feet over the first two miles. However, that is the worst of it. The course is actually pretty fast. Check out the elevation map of the course:
http://syracusehalf.com/course-info/

The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because it lacks scenery and does not have much fan support.

Swag: four stars

There are some pretty nice awards and very nice medals for finishing.

Other: four stars

Last year was the first year of this race and it was able to draw a pretty competitive field. Fred Joslyn won in 1:06:28 and two other guys were under 1:09. There were twenty guys total under 1:20 and nine women under 1:30. The race is in late March, which is a perfect time to run a half marathon if you are training for a full marathon in April/May/June.

Overall: four stars

This is a nice race. It is well-organized, which is always a bonus, and the course is pretty fast. I definitely recommend it.

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11 Responses to Syracuse Half Marathon – Race Review

  1. I would like to eventually do this race. I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun. For a pretty new race those are serious elite times. I guess since they have ABC it isn’t as bad. Sounds like some serious competition though.

  2. This was good to read as I’m considering it as a tuneup for Boston this year!

  3. Marie Webb says:

    The race this year will be my second half marathon ever – and will be in the month of my two year anniversary of starting running. I can’t wait for this race.

  4. The race this year will be my First Half!

  5. txa1265 says:

    I saw this race and wanted to do it … but it is the morning after our older son’s junior prom and we’ll have a house full of kids … maybe next year! Thanks for the great round-up!

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