Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon

Yup. There it is. I did it. I signed up for a  full marathon. Totally out of my comfort zone. I have a year to prepare...but first I must throw up....

The last time I stepped out of my comfort zone was in May 2000, when I participated in my first Boston 3-Day (60 miles) Walk for Breast Cancer. My cousin was supposed to walk with me but then couldn't. I had to decide if I wanted to do it alone. At the time I was someone who wouldn't go to the movies alone, let alone drive to Boston and spend three days with strangers walking for breast cancer.  I did it...for the very same reason I am running this marathon. To do something that scares the bejesus out of me. It's been ten years. It's time to step it up again. Doing that Boston walk made the list of "The best things I have done in my life." I imagine running this marathon will make that list too.

Syracuse, NY.—Nov.1st, 2010— Achieve Fitness Events, LLC announced the inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon.  The Event will happen Sunday October 16th, 2011 and will include the New York State Health and Wellness Expo on Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th.

Brian Collins, Founder and Managing Partner of Achieve Fitness, LLC is the Event Director of the Empire State Marathon. 
 Leaves_Autumn_Red“Being a native of Syracuse, NY and being in the running ‘business” at every level for the last 12 years, I have always known there was an  opportunity to create a premier Marathon and Half Marathon in Syracuse, NY.  This Race will provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best aspects of Central NY to all the visitors who will choose our Race during our peak autumn season.  Our running community here is without peer and I know we will impress.”  Brian Collins, President of Achieve Fitness, LLC and 1st Marathon.
The  course will begin from the Carousel Mall in Syracuse NY and head towards Liverpool west on Lakeshore Parkway, for a counterclockwise loop around Onondaga Lake through Onondaga Lake Park.  One loop around the Lake to the finish line.  For the Marathon route, runners will make two loops around the lake and finish in the same area.

An additional element of this Race will be a four-person relay, designed to share the race experience with co-workers, family or friends, yet at smaller distances.  A relay team consists of four people, with each person running one segment of the entire marathon course, 26.2 Miles.  Each relay runner will run roughly 6 to 7 miles per leg.  (Registration for the Relay will open December 1st.)

Here's another article.


  1. AWESOME!!! You rock! I know you can do this. *nod* No doubt about it. :)

  2. thanks. i get sweaty armpits just thinking about it. i think i might have to sign up for some races in between now and then to work on my race anxiety.

  3. That's awesome Carrie! And you have plenty of time to prepare for it. I love that. I've given myself a year for my first half marathon where others prepare in 3 months but that isn't just me.

    Have fun with the training for it.

  4. You are going to rock it Carrie! Remember I am here for support. :) One word of caution do not sign up for too many races during training. Most races occur on the weekends when you need to complete your long runs. I went back to back too much and it lead to my back to back injuries.

  5. well i was thinking of longer races so they could be my long run for that week...if it fits in schedule-wise. i'm hoping i can find some springtime halfs or 15k's to try before the official marathon training plan begins. I'll be done with my non-race half marathon training plan in early February. i am not as worried about the actual race, but the anxiety attack i get. gotta figure out a way to work on that before now and then.

  6. Good Luck Carrie! ~ you will do great! I hope to put on a great event for you.

    Brian Collins ~ Event Director :)

  7. Carrie... I know what you mean about pushing yourself to get out of your comfort zone... and the throwing up! Myself and three other friends have been running for about a year. We've done several 5Ks, a 10K, and a 15K. Have stepped it up to this half marathon. We can do this!

    Congrats on your decision. We'll be cheering for you!

  8. AnonymousJune 07, 2011

    Thank you for choosing our race. I look forward to seeing you at the finish line Carrie! ~ Brian Collins, Event Director of the Empire State Marathon.

  9. Thanks Brian!! I'm training with Kevin so I'll be properly prepared for the race! :)