Tag Archives: 5k

329. Turkey Trot

Last year, I ran the hardest 5k of my life.

I say hardest loosely…it was difficult because not only was the course hard, but it was on Thanksgiving and all I wanted to do was sleep in!

However, at the end of the race I felt more accomplished than any one of my friends & family who did not participate…and knew I could eat guilt free all day! Which was exactly what I did.


The B’ville Turkey Trot. in it’s 45th year (!!!), is definitely the most popular of the various Turkey Trots in the area. Hundreds of people show up, some dressed as turkeys! There is an excitement in the air, it’s a feel good morning.

It’s this Thursday at 9:15am for the 5k & 10am for the 10k.

The course starts at C.W Baker High school and runs through the neighborhoods surrounding the school. You get a great view of the old homes in B’ville along with encouragement from neighbors and friends. It’s really a great race. If you’re thinking of doing a holiday race this year, make the Turkey Trot the one

Online registration has closed but you can still register up until 20 minutes before the race, or in the days before the race at Fleet Feet in E. Syracuse.


Tip: It’s hilly!

location: 29 E. Oneida Street Baldwinsville, NY

311. The Burn Run

It’s nearing that time of year where runners have to either decide that they want to endure the cold and run outside or join a gym and get on that treadmill.

Something I’ve noticed about this area is that despite the cold, sleet, rain, snow, sleet-rain-snow, runners can’t be stopped.

The 5k or 10k is This Sunday, November 10th. Participants can sign up here. After 11/1/13 registration is $25, day of race is $30.

The Burn Run is one of those runs that is not only for a great cause (proceeds from the run benefit the Clark Burn Center Burn Foundation of Upstate University Hospital). But it’s also going to have tons of activities!


Bull & Bear will be offering food for the runners post-race, Aspen Athletic Clubs will be offering free-trial memberships for all runners, and 105.9 The REBEL will be there live broadcasting!

If you haven’t signed up for this 5k .

Tip: If you can’t make the run this year but still want to donate, you can make donations here.


280. Lafayette Apple Run

I apologize if we’re on apple overload, but really…we’ve got to embrace this!

The Lafayette Apple Run is an outdoor 5k or 15k (depending on your level of fitness!) held during the Apple Fest (more on that later!)


It is Sunday October 13th in the scenic Tully Valley. It’s going to be really beautiful to run a 5 or 15k on a brisk fall day with the leaves all burning colors and the scent of apples in the air!

Tip: Sign up for the race here. Registration is $25 w/o a tshirt


268. Run or Dye

Remember that Color Me Rad run a few months back? (Has it been that long!??!?)

There’s a Run or Dye coming to Syracuse! October 5th at 9am at OCC!


Get a chance to run and get covered in bright colors! It might be the last chance of the year to have some fun outside before snow comes!! UGH!

They’ve also partnered with Make-a-Wish foundation, which is another great philanthropy that is near and dear to my heart.

It’s $55 per person, or $50 per person if you have a team (4 or more people). Grab some friends and register here! A lot of people always have so many questions about these runs, like if they’re timed, if they’re super competitive, if they’re going to be permanently dyed neon pink! If you’ve got some questions, click here for some answers.

Tip: If you’re not interested in running, they’re always looking for volunteers!

location: Onondaga Community College

250. Oktoberfest 5k

Back in the spring a lot of 5ks, 10ks and challenging runs were listed as things to do, they sort of died down in the summer with the exception of the Boilermaker.  However, the long hot days of summer are coming to a close and that means that the briskness of the fall is at our doorsteps, and we should all take advantage of being outside in still-tolerable weather.

The cultures and heritage around Syracuse is profound. There are people from all over, and the community embraces their traditions with open arms. Oktoberfest is always fun, and it’s even more fun when you’ve got something to work towards!


This 5k is unique, it’s an evening run! I love running at night, there’s no glarring sun, no red faces, the air is cooler, it’s all around a little bit better.

Registration is here, until 9/13 and only $15! The actual race is September 15th at 5pm. I say do it, and if you don’t decide to run the scenic 5k through Baldwinsville you can at least go to cheer on the runners who are going to bust their butts to enjoy one last beer before the official close of summer!

Tip: With your registration you get free admission to the Oktoberfest event earlier that day (more to follow!)

location: Baldwinsville

155. The Corporate Challenge

2013_CC_logo_3CI learned of the Corporate Challenge last year when it was too late to register for the event…I saw plenty of local friends posting all over Facebook about how they’re participating with their work friends in the Corporate Challenge.

I was intrigued by the idea of this. It’s a 3 1/2 mile race, using collective times of all team members as a means of winning. While last year was my 1st year hearing about this, did you know the Corporate Challenge is 31 years old? This will be the 31st year of the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge here in Syracuse…hey, that’s pretty neat!

corporate challenge

This year, more than 8000 runners & walkers from 300 local businesses are expected to participate…if that isn’t the definition of a community event, I don’t know what is! I decided to post this early (the actual race is on June 18th) because Registration is still open for this event and if your company is still interested in registering you’ve got a few days left (registration closes Friday).

Tip: If you’re not participating in the Corporate Challenge and you commute through the village of Liverpool, I suggest finding an alternative route…last year traffic on Old Liverpool Road was backed up for miles.

location: Onondaga Lake Parkway

151. RUNapalooza

Two of my favorite things to do is 1) Run & 2) Listen to great music…. not always in that order…

So imagine my surprise when I learned of this great chance to experience two of my favorite things come together as one!


RUNapalooza is a 5k music festival….doesn’t get any easier than that!

With thousands of people expected to participate, RUNapalooza is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting 5k’s in the area. It is tomorrow, June 1st, at OCC and will feature 6 really fantastic local bands along the course route.

You can bet that I’ll be running this 5k…rain or shine! And I’m excited to pass by some local favorites like JUST JOE, The Mike McKay Band, The First Born Suns and more!

Registration is still open for those who have save it until the last minute, and will be $35. With that you’ll get a t-shirt, beer, access to the concert, and more! Guys…this is seriously going to be so much fun!

Tip: Not much of a runner? No worries…come cheer the runners on anyways! They’ll have beer available for spectators and a concert immediately following the race!

134. Race for the Cure

hero_newsarticle_race-for-the-cureThis Saturday, May 18th at 8am (the actual race starts at 10) is one of those local runs that attracts thousands of people. The Race for the Cure is definitely one of the most fun events of the Spring. It’s got a lot of participants, live music throughout the race, tons of spectators and more.

I ran this 5k last year and was totally motivated by all of the passion and excitement of all the runners. There were men wearing pink tutu’s and breast cancer t-shirts, groups of people with cool team names, survivors and supporters amongst the crowd of runners/walkers.

This event helps support local Breast Cancer programs, with 75% of proceeds going directly to them. For more information about donating click here.

To register for the run click here, and they’re still looking for volunteers!

Tip: This event attracts a lot of people, parking will be exactly how it is for the Fair…lots of walking!

location: NYS Fairgrounds