Why do they call it the Mountain Goat?
Every year, about 2,5000 people attempt Syracuse’s Mountain Goat Run – a 10-mile quest for new runners and a rite of spring for old goats in Syracuse.
So, why is it called the Mountain Goat?
Syracuse.com used GPS watch data to record the elevation of the race’s steepest hills. The Mountain Goat runs from downtown Syracuse to some of the highest points in the west and east.
The race’s first incline starts at about 1.5 miles after runners have warmed up.
From Onondaga Avenue, runners turn on Summit Avenue and ascend to Stolp Avenue past the Woodland Reservoir. Runners climb the equivalent of 15 stories in one mile. (Syracuse’s tallest building, the State Tower Building is 23 stories high. The AXA towers are 19 stories high.)
At six miles in, the course takes a turn from Salina Street onto East Colvin Street where runners climb 16-stories to Manley Field House. Letizia and the Z band drummers help propel runners up the hill and past the gravestones at Oakwood Cemetery. The Sour Sitrus Society adds raucous marching band horns to congratulate runners who make it to Comstock Avenue.
The last challenge hits runners near the E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Thornden Park.
Finally, it’s all downhill from the Thornden Park swimming pool to Clinton Square, where runners can soak in a spray from the fire department’s hose and enjoy a cold brew.