Mountain Goat Run Draws Thousands to Downtown Syracuse Despite Rain, Cold Temps

It's not short, it's not flat and it's definitely not easy -- that must mean it's the 38th Annual Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse. Thousands of runners came out in the rain to run up some of the steepest hills in Syracuse. Gabrielle Lucivero spoke with some of them who explain why they keep coming back year after year.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When runners think about the annual Mountain Goat Run, just one word comes to mind.

"It's a challenge with the hills and stuff it's a challenge so it's just a big accomplishment to do it,” said 10-mile race participant Greg Ostaszewski.

"Just the challenge of it, I think the hills and I haven't done it in so long and I thought you know what, why not sign up and it's a great day to start May,” said 10-mile race participant, Cristina Knapp.

Runners come for the 10 miles of uphill running, but they stay for the tradition. The race started in 1978 as a training run done by 25 people from the downtown YMCA.

"It's just a big event, a lot of people come out, lots of music, excitement, thousands of people here,” said Ostaszewski. “This is the big run in Syracuse so a lot of people come out, a lot of runners from all over the place show up for this."

A lot of runners, big and small, fast and slow, parents and children, all of them sharing the tradition with one another.

"I've never done the 3K, but I've done the kids run,” said Joey Ciotti, who is running the 3K race for the first time this year.

"I love doing this with him every year and for him to graduate from the kids run now to the 3K, it's been great,” said Caryn Ciotti, Joey’s mother.

While the weather wasn't on its best behavior, runners say in Syracuse, a little rain is the least of their worries.

"It's raining but, runners are runners. Runners are energetic and they'll go through anything. I think Syracuse runners will go out and do their best and they don't care. The energy is there,” said Knapp.

No matter how much energy the runners have, they still get by with a little help of positive thinking.

"All I think about is the downhill and that just gets me going to the uphill. So that's what I'm thinking about,” said 10 mile race participant Anna Pouff.

The top finishers in the 10 miler for both the men and women completed the race in under an hour. Sam Morse of Camden won the 10 miler for the men and Laurel Leone of Minoa took the 10 mile title for the women.

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