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April 23, 2023
The Earth Day Half Marathon & 5K has quickly become one of CNY’s most looked forward to springtime races! Along with some of the best swag out there, all participants get a tree to plant! Runners love the connection to the countryside setting. As you run along the low-traffic country roads, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of rolling farmland, pastures with cows and horses and the lookout at Beaver Lake. The race start/finish and post-race fest are at the Emmi Farm’s Greenhouse with lots of parking, conveniently nearby- within walking distance.
The half marathon is mostly a loop course on low-traffic, country roads with many friendly neighbors that come out to cheer you on! The course is described as having rolling hills with a couple good ones between Mile 8/9. The Half Marathon Relay is a 2 person relay with each member of the team running 6.55 miles (1/4 marathon). The 5K is an out & back along two fairly flat stretches of country road.
The Earth Day Half Marathon, Relay & 5K event benefits the Baldwinsville Meals on Wheels, the Volunteer Center and other local not for profit groups.
Baldwinsville is located just 15 miles NW of Syracuse in Central NY. Baldwinsville typically sees temperatures in April range between the high 40's to mid 50’s.
Earth Day Half Marathon
USATF distance-certified. The 1/2 Marathon is on low traffic, country roads that are a combination of long stretches of flat and also a fair amount of rolling hills with miles 8-10 offering the greatest challenge (reward) as there are a couple back to back.
COURSE RECORDS: Dave Cook (M) 1:13:40 (2016); Jenna Green (F) 1:26:30 (2017)
Earth Day 2 Person Half Marathon Relay
The first leg of the 2-person half marathon relay (6.55 miles) is relatively flat with occasional rolling hills while the second leg is hillier with 2 decent climbs at Mile 8.5 and Mile 9. Second leg of the relay will park at mid point of the race with the expectation that the first leg runners will then drive vehicle back to finish area.
Earth Day 5K
The 5K course will lead you past the Beaver Lake lookout on Vann Rd and will be run on mostly country roads but may meander briefly onto adjacent farmland if conditions warrant. The country roads are flat with one moderately challenging uphill just before you enter the home stretch.
COURSE RECORDS: Chris Senez (M) 17:02 (2019); Elizabeth Lucason (F) 19:12 (2017)
HERE’S WHAT YOU GET:
The Good Samaritan 5K/10K Run/Walk (April 22, 2023) and the Earth Day Half Marathon, 5K & Relay have come together to offer runners the GOOD EARTH CHALLENGE.
Run any distance of both events and receive a CUSTOM PINT GLASS along with all the other swag for each event!
Email willowrunningNY@ gmail.com and let them know you're in!
Friday, April 21: 4pm-7pm at Dick's Sporting Goods in Clay, NY (Rt 31)
Sat., April 22rd: 11am - 3pm at Emmi Farms
Sunday (Race Day): 7am - 8am at Emmi Farms
When you sign up for the GetFit Half Marathon series, not only are you awesome for running at least 4 half marathons (beastmode btw!) but you also get the Commemorative Glass for each event you do for FREE.
The Get Fit Half Marathon Series offers discounted registration, custom swag, and VIP status to runners who participate in 4 (or more) Willow Running Half Marathon events during the year. Registration is by mail: For more info and to register for the series, visit the Willow Running website.
Willow Running races included in the GetFit Half Marathon Series:
You can sport this very hip headband and let everyone know that you are one of the HALF CRAZZIES that ran BOTH the Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon & the Earth Day Half Marathon!
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