1,600 runners, 17 degrees, and 13.1 miles of snowy Syracuse streets

A thoughtful city neighbor is ready to greet the runners.

A thoughtful city neighbor is ready to greet the runners.

The runners for the second edition of the Syracuse Half Marathon this morning were greeted by 13.1 miles of city streets that had been kissed with a a spring layer of snow during the wee hours.

The temperature was 17 degrees.

And yet they came fast, strong and bundled pretty good against those elements, streaming down the Eastwood neighborhood of my dear wife Karen and I.

The race started at 8 a.m. at the downtown Ocenter. By 8:25 a.m., the lead runners had galloped down the hill in front of our house, at about the five-mile mark. The first woman was only a minute or so behind.

The last runner came down the hill 45 minutes behind the leader.

Neighbors were still at the curb to cheer her as she waved and ran.

In between came 1,600 runners of various sizes, shapes and speed. The mood was surprisingly warm.

I was out snapping hundreds of pictures with my iPad Air.

The first runner past the five-mile Mark was leading by himself.

The first runner past the five-mile Mark was leading by himself.

The hill on our street is daunting.

The hill on our street is daunting.

Police kept intersections safe.

Police kept intersections safe.

Some runners were not that bundled up.

Some runners were not that bundled up.

And down our hill they  ran.

And down our hill they ran.

Neighbors cheer the runners on.

Neighbors cheer the runners on.

At times the runners traveled in big packs.

At times the runners traveled in big packs.

The snow wore off the streets, and the sun came and went.

The snow wore off the streets, and the sun came and went.

Taking an urban turn.

Taking an urban turn.

And onward through the loop they go.  See you next year.

And onward through the loop they go. See you next year.

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33 thoughts on “1,600 runners, 17 degrees, and 13.1 miles of snowy Syracuse streets

  1. wow, i really admire the whole community’s effort to be involved in this big event. this is amazing and i am in awe of those in summer running gear, toughing it out, over ice and snow. great pics too, mark. )

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    • I didn’t see one slip and I was out there pretty much from first to last runner, except for a minute when I came inside to drink a cup of coffee and get Ellie B to come outside with me for the last part of the race. Thanks, Angie.

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  2. The photos are quite excellent and artistic in their appearance of the road and its surroundings. I like the perspective in the second photo from the top, particularly! Great post, Mark! Smiles, Robin

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    • It’s pretty cool here, Kerbey, thank you. Well, still cold, actually. Spring, summer and fall are quite lovely, when they get here. And, please remember, I am a Met, not a Yankee, please and thank you.

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      • Ya don’t say? And down here, we call everyone north of Dallas a Yankee. Let me practice: Met Met Met. When I say that, I think of the Metropolitan, which sounds like Neopolitan, which is ice cream, so that makes me happy. Was Dwight Gooden a Met?

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      • Dwight Gooden was a New York Metropolitans. Yes, that was the full team name when the franchise started in 1962. Dwight, though, pitched in the fabulous 1980s. Neopolitan ice cream makes me happy, too, Kerbey.

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