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Thousands turn out for Mountain Goat race

More than 3,000 runners hit the streets of Syracuse on Sunday for the annual Mountain Goat run. The race is known for its difficult terrain, but just how difficult is it?
SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – More than 3,000 runners hit the streets of Syracuse on Sunday for the annual Mountain Goat run.

The race is known for its difficult terrain, but just how difficult is it? Katie Lemanczyk crunched the elevation numbers of 33 different Central New York races to find out.

Lemanczyk graduated from West Hill High School and now studies Information Management at the iSchool at Syracuse University. An avid runner, she wanted to find out what other runners wished they knew before signing up for a race.

“Overall, something that stood out to me was that almost everyone agreed that what they wanted to know was the terrain. That's a little difficult to get just looking at a map," said Lemancyzk.

Specifically, most runners want to know about hills on a course. The graph attached to this story shows the elevation changes for different local courses.

“You're going to run a lot more times uphill on the Mountain Goat because there are two hills, there's not just one,” said Lemancyzk.

Some runners are looking for such a challenge, while others may prefer the flatter courses, like those around Onondaga Lake.

“Maybe if you're going for a goal time, like let's say you want to run a half marathon and you're going for doing it under 2 hours, maybe you've been 2:10, you're probably not going to pick the half marathon that has a couple hills in it,” said Lemancyzk.

For Mountain Goat race results, click here.

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