Mountain Goat Race Report – Anne LaFex

Race: Mountain Goat 10 Mile

Runner: Anne LaFex

Race Date: 05/07/2023

Location: Syracuse, NY

Results: 1:29:50

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

The atmosphere. The people volunteering for the race are absolutely phenomenal. Then the cheering squads along the way really pump you up. The race organizers make sure there’s live music and lively energy all along the way.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

The hill up Colvin Street!

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

It’s weird because Syracuse can be known for not being “cool,” but then you run this race, and you realize (or, in my case as a native, it’s reinforced) that this city is full of fun, funny, ambitious, talented people. I’m so proud to live here.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

The BEST part of this race this year for me (and there were a few highlights to choose from) is that my Team Run Run coach, Andrew Dionne, and I ran the same race at the same time. He WON THE ENTIRE RACE with an average time of 5:17/mile. With his help, I achieved my goal of finishing under 90 minutes. He waited for me at the end, and we got to chat and congratulate each other for a bit. He’s wonderful— such a good coach but (more importantly) a really kind, generous, and humble person. Loved that we could run this race at the same time!

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Know the course and practice for the hills.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Yes, it highlights the best parts of Syracuse proper. I love that we run through so many parts of the city!

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

It’s hard! But I’m not a terribly experienced runner so maybe you should ask Andrew Dionne (my Team Run Run coach!)

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Oh yeah. The Syracuse Track Club folks know how to operate a race.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

YES! This is the best part. Friends and family can find you easily in friendly city neighborhoods.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

Out of 5 stars, I give it 5!