Plattsburgh Half-Marathon and Half-Marathon Relay Now Accepting Registrations
1,000 spots available for fifth annual event, 200 2-person teams also available
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y– The City of Plattsburgh, Delta Marketing International, and Warren Tire Service Center are proud to announce the 5th annual Plattsburgh Half-Marathon and Relay at 8am on Sunday April 27th, 2013.
Registration began December 1st, 2013 and is available to the first 1,000 entrants as well as the first 100 two-person teams. It can be done online at www.plattsburghhalfmarathon.com. The cost is $40 for the half marathon or $70 for the two-person relay until December 31, 2013, $50/$80 through March 31, 2014 and $60/$90 through April 23, 2014. All runners will receive t-shirts and finisher medals. Awards will be given out to the top three overall finishers for men and women, as well as the top male and female finishers (no duplicates) for the following age groups: Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.
“As the North Country’s signature running event, the Plattsburgh Half Marathon has become a source of community pride for runners and non-runners alike,” said Steve Peters, Superintendent of Recreation. “The great thing about the Plattsburgh Half Marathon is that it’s the first race of the season for many people. It keeps participants motivated to train and stay active throughout the winter months.”
“We expect to see many of past year’s participants back in this year’s race as well as many new runners as word travels through the running communities”, said Stephanie Desautels of Delta Marketing International, co-founder and an organizer of the race. “We are now USATF certified and hope to attract more runners as well as those looking to qualify for bigger races.”
The course starts at the City Recreation Center on the US Oval and winds toward the south through the historic old military base. It returns north along the Terry Gordon Bike Path before crossing the Saranac River at Bridge Street. It continues through Plattsburgh’s downtown area, before moving through the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus toward the residential west end. The course turns north and east and meets up with Cumberland Avenue. Runners will then turn south, passing The Champlain and MacDonough Monuments, City Hall and continuing through the downtown area. The final stretch of the race takes runners back across the Saranac River at Bridge Street, through the historic old military base, to the finish line at the City Recreation Center.
A map of the course can be found on the race website, www.plattsburghhalfmarathon.com. There is a three-hour time limit for the race and the course will be closed at 11 a.m. As this is a running race, any participants found to be completing the course at a pace greater than 14 minutes per mile will be required to utilize the sidewalks and follow pedestrian traffic safety laws.
All sponsorship proceeds for the race will go to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research through Team Fox. Runners may raise money individually and obtain personal sponsorships by joining Team Fox under the Plattsburgh Half Marathon team page at www.teamfox.org.
“The money raised at this event goes directly to this great cause,” said Jen Boyer co-founder and an organizer of the race. “It’s been a huge success for Team Fox, and we’re hoping to raise more for them this year.”