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.
“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.)
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