Runners take on cool weather, wet roads for 2016 Mountain Goat

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Rain or shine, spectators say if a friend or family member was willing to run 10 hilly miles throughout Syracuse, then they could brave the elements just as well for the 2016 Mountain Goat Run.

“We’re here to support my husband, her dad,” said Bonnie Santos, of Liverpool. “We started doing the Fleet Feet running program together, so this is the first year she and I did the 3K first and we’re here to cheer for him during the 10-mile.”

After a steady drizzle in the 3K, Santos and her daughter Laura pressed on to cheer.

This year’s 10-miler boasted a 20-degree difference — a drop from last year’s scorcher.

“I’ve run it numerous times over the years. I’d say probably 14 times,” said Patrick Nellis. “It’s one of my favorite races of the year. Unfortunately, this year it’s a little rainy, but it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It will keep us cool during the run.”

Even the 2016 Goat champions approved of this year’s weather conditions — noting they were just right for a win.

“It was pretty good actually. It was fast.,” shared Sam Morse, of Camden, just moments after crossing the line. “A little windy in spots, but other than that, it was nice.”

32-year-old Morse crossed the line in 50:26 after holding a commanding lead throughout the entire race.

Morse is also fresh off a run in the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials.

Minoa’s Laurel Leone, 31, sprinted to the finish with a generous lead and clocked a 59:30 for the 10-miler for the win.

“Actually, I would much prefer this type of weather versus it being 80 degrees, which in past years sometimes it’s like that,” Leone said.

For a full list of results for the 2016 race, click here.


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