Everything to know about the 44th annual Mountain Goat: Road closures, route, bands, beers, more

Syracuse, N.Y. — The 44th annual Mountain Goat road race kicks off Sunday morning with nearly 1,700 runners planning to participate in the 10-mile iconic run through Syracuse’s parks and neighborhoods.

The race starts at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and lasts a little more than two hours. The race begins and ends downtown on South Salina Street next to Clinton Square.

The route takes runners west to the Woodland Reservoir, through Upper and Lower Onondaga Parks and Kirk Park, along the Creekwalk through the South Side, then through Thornden Park near Syracuse University before returning downtown.

There is a half-mile run for kids that starts at 8:50 a.m.

The race ends with a big party in Clinton Square, including food, drinks and music by Infinity starting at 10:30 a.m. Meier’s Creek Brewing Company brewed a special Mountain Goat beer to commemorate the event — a German style pilsner called “Whatever Floats Your Goat.”

Anything But Beer will open its patio at 201 S. Salina St. at 9:30 Sunday morning for runners or spectators. They’ll serve brunch and craft beverages, including a new fruit punch seltzer celebrating the race called “44 Problems But The Goat Ain’t One.”

Four blocks in downtown Syracuse will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday:

  • West Water Street, from Clinton Street to Franklin Street
  • Erie Boulevard West, from Clinton Street to Franklin Street
  • Clinton Street, from Genesee Street to Washington Street
  • Salina Street, from West Genesee Street to Fayette Street

Other streets along the route will be closed at varying times between 9 a.m. and noon, as runners make their way through the city:

Street name From To Close time Reopen time
Salina Street Clinton Square West Onondaga Street 9 a.m. 9:40 a.m.
West Onondaga Street Salina Street Onondaga Avenue 9 a.m. 9:55 a.m.
Onondaga Avenue West Onondaga Street Bellevue Avenue 9:15 a.m. 9:55 a.m.
Bellevue Avenue Onondaga Avenue Summit Avenue 9:15 a.m. 10 a.m.
Summit Avenue Bellevue Avenue Stolp Avenue 9:20 a.m. 10:10 a.m.
Stolp Avenue Summit Avenue Hancock Drive 9:20 a.m. 10:15 a.m.
Hancock Drive Stolp Avenue Arden Drive 9:20 a.m. 10:25 a.m.
Arden Drive Hancock Drive Carlton Road 9:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Carlton Road Arden Drive Strathmore Drive 9:25 a.m. 10:35 a.m.
Strathmore Drive Carlton Road Roberts Avenue 9:30 a.m. 10:35 a.m.
Roberts Avenue Strathmore Drive Summit Avenue 9:30 a.m. 10:40 a.m.
Summit Avenue Upper Onondaga Park Lower Onondaga Park 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Lower Onondaga Park Park Drive Creekwalk 9:30 a.m. 10:50 a.m.
Creekwalk Lower Onondaga Park Onondaga Creek Blvd. 9:35 a.m. 11:05 a.m.
Onondaga Creek Blvd Creekwalk West Colvin Street 9:40 a.m. 11:10 a.m.
West Colvin Street Onondaga Creek Parkway East Colvin Street 9:40 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
East Colvin Street West Colvin Street Comstock Avenue 9:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
Comstock Avenue East Colvin Street University Place 9:50 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
University Place Comstock Avenue Thornden Park 9:50 a.m. 11:25 a.m.
Thornden Park University Place Madison Street 9:55 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
South Crouse Avenue Madison Street East Genesee Street 9:55 a.m. 11:35 a.m.
East Genesee Street South Crouse Avenue East Onondaga Street 10 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
East Onondaga Street East Genesee Street East Jefferson Street 10 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
East Jefferson Street East Onondaga Street South Salina Street 10:05 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
South Salina Street East Jefferson Street Clinton Square 10:05 a.m. 11:50 a.m.

Want to run in the race? It’s not too late to sign up. It costs $75 to sign up if you do it before midnight on April 28. After that, it costs $85. You can register at mountaingoatrun.org.

Visit syracuse.com Sunday afternoon to see photos and results from the race.

Linda W. Davis

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