Lake Effect Run Club

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Hello Central New York Runners!

Welcome to Lake Effect’s Web Site!

Have a search around to see what we’re about.

On these pages expect to find out information about the local run scene, and how to get yourself motivated to join up with us no matter what your fitness goals are.

Hopefully while you’re browsing you’ll catch a little run bug and commit yourself to your next run journey with us. But first don’t forget to grab a run partner or 2 or 6!! That’s what we’re all about!!

If you’re not currently getting our e-mails you may sign up where it says “E-mail Subscription” in the lower right sidebar. Then you’ll get an e-mail when there’s an important new post to this web site about our next group run or Club activity. This will officially put you on our run list (welcome to the Club!). Of course your address will remain confidential and you may opt out at any time.  

Feel free to leave Comments or questions on our Facebook Page . This is a FREE Club, however the more active you are on here, the more we all benefit!

Also be sure to check the Race Calendar Tab often. It’s Central New York’s most comprehensive Race Calendar!

And don’t be surprised if we spot you at a race and capture your photo in our photo site.

Our Club is growing by leaps and bounds so come ride the wave with us and we’ll see you out there!

boilermaker group pic

Some of the Lake Effect Runners at the 2013 Boilermaker

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Fitness Tips, Group Run opportunities, Lake Effect Updates, Polls, Post Race Reflections, Post Run Analysis, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Wednesday night group run opportunity 5/20/15

Good afternoon runners! Don’t forget about our group run tonight at 530 pm. We meet at Freedom of Espresso in Franklin Square to run the creek walk. We welcome runners of all paces, walkers, and even bikers. See you there!

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Weekend run opportunities 5/16/15

Good afternoon runners! For tomorrows group run Saturday 5/16/15 we will meet back at Café @ 407 in Liverpool @ 8am. We welcome all runners/walkers to join us. We have regulars that run anywhere from a 7 min to 13 min per mile pace so you can almost always find someone to run with. Please show up for a prompt departure of 8am and to hear any pre-run announcements.

Who’s in !?!

Wilber-Duck Mile 1 Mile in Oneida, NY on Friday 5/15/15 @ 645 pm

A flat and fast course with a 4 street loop. The record is 4:17 by Matt LoPiccolo and 4:56 by Amanda Laytham. There’s a $1,000 prize to the fastest runner under 4 minutes. Start is at Wilber-Duck Chevrolet and Buick. Men and women will run separately. Proceeds to the Oneida Health Center and the United Way. Catered food spread afterward. Post race band too! Also come for the Oneida Common Council vs. the Oneida Fire and Police Dept. car push! Please bring a canned good to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Brochure 2015

Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Full and 1/2 Marathon in Rhinebeck, NY on Saturday 5/16/15 @ 8am and 8:30am

Just as the weather starts warming up, before it gets too hot, join us for the first annual Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Marathon! Whether you’re looking for a new destination race,  a quick getaway from the city, a reason to return, or just a chance to explore Rhinebeck, the Full and Half Marathon promise to be great fun for everyone. The race will feature rolling country roads on tree-lined streets, as well as views of the Hudson River, the Catskill Mountains. Come for the day and race or stay the whole weekend.  A portion of the proceeds from this race will be donated to The Rhinebeck Parks and Recreation Department and the American Heart Association.

Website 2015

Color Me Rad 5K @Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, NY on Sunday 5/17/15 first wave @ 10 am

This race brings a new/exciting/fun twist to running. You’ll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your grandpa’s dentures and you’ll soak up enough color while running to change your skin tone forever.  You’ll wind up looking like a pack of skittles – just make sure not to “taste the rainbow.” Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, you’ll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color. Benefits to the Special Olympics.

Website 2015

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY on Saturday 5/16/15 @ 8:00 am opening ceremony begins (10:05 5K race starts)

This race is to raise awareness of breast cancer. It’s the largest series of 5K runs and fitness walks in the world! There are more than 120 races and 1 million people expected to participate globally. There’s even a separate timed “survivor” category.

Website 2015

Medved Lilac 5K/10K in Highland Park Rochester, NY on Sunday 5/17/15 @ 8am/9am

I went to this festival with my family several years ago. It’s small but cute, and if the German Juggler is there again I’m definitely going back. Best performer I’ve ever seen! Coupling this little festival with a race may make it a nice family day, especially for little  kids. They have family team events too which is different. Medved Lilac T Shirts to the first 2000 entrants. Post race food and refreshments. Digital display clock at 1 mile, 5K, 5 mile and finish. Water stops at 2 and 4 miles. Splits every mile and at 5K .Computerized race results by PCR Timing.  Cash awards and medal awards.

Website 2015

17th Annual National Distance Running Hall of Fame 5K/Half Marathon/Half Marathon Relay in Utica, NY on Sunday 5/17/15 @ 8:10am/8am/8am

This sounds like a great “get to know the area” race to help prepare for the Boilermaker. The majority of the half marathon runs along the scenic banks of the historic Erie Canal. Shirts given to the first 500 registrants (sizes not guaranteed). The race benefits the Hall of Fame.

Website 2015

Charity for Children 5K/8K in Green Lakes State Park on Sunday 5/17/15 both @ 9:15/10:15 am

Proceeds benefit Charity for Children which supports Central New York children and their families with medical needs not covered by insurance (like gas money to travel to specialists, co-pays they can’t afford, therapies that aren’t covered, etc.). One very interesting thing about this organization is it does not discriminate against the wealthy (family income is not a criteria for their services). 2015 is the 7th annual. There’s a 1/2 mile Kid’s Run @ 9:00 am. The 5K is fast and flat around the lakes trail. You may also walk this 5K. The 8K is much the same, but then continues up and back to the campgrounds on the park roads. There will be entertainment and a kids fun zone.  All participants will receive a sports towel, and water bottle/holder.

Website 2015

May 15, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Wednesday night group run opportunity 5/13/15

Good afternoon runners! We will meet at Freedom of Espresso in Franklin Square Syracuse, NY for our Wednesday night group run. Meet at 530 p.m. to run any distance at any pace you choose. With the drastic change in temperature today we may need the coffee afterwards. :)

May 13, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Weekend run opportunities 5/9/15

Hello Runners!

For this Saturday’s group run on May 9th, 2015 we will be meeting at Sims Store at the Camillus Canal 5750 Devoe Rd. Camillus, NY 13031. We have many options of routes here that vary from some street running/canal path running (approx 4.75 miles), or you can remain on the canal and get anywhere from 2- 8 miles (or more of course)

We welcome all runners/walkers to join us. We have regulars that run anywhere from a 7 min to 13 min per mile pace so you can almost always find someone to run with. Please show up for a prompt departure of 8am and to hear any pre-run announcements and course directions.

There are several race options surrounding the Syracuse area this weekend:

Warrior Run Mountain series at Labrador Mountain on Saturday 5/9/15 1st wave starting at 9am

This is an extreme course of terrain, obstacles, mud and fire in a race to the after party. Wearing wacky outfits, team colors or make up is encouraged. There are 3 waves all ending at the rock style after party with live music and beer taps flowing. This is sure to be some amazing fun!

Website 2015

Thom Bugliosi Trail Run 13K/26K/52K (new**) in Dryden, NY on Saturday 5/9/15 @ 10am & 7am (52K)

This race takes place in the Hammond Hill State Forest. It’s held in memory of Thom Bugliosi who passed away in 1991 at the age of 32. He was a top area trail runner. The trails are rugged and challenging. They warn you to watch out for viscous mother ruffed grouse and 3 legged dogs. The 13K loop is repeated for the 26K and 4 times for the 52K. The course takes you through scenic flora and valley views. There’s post-race food and refreshments.

Website 2015

Oneida Lake Challenge 5K and 1 mile Fun Run in Brewerton, NY on Saturday 5/9/15 @ 10am

This will be an annual 5k event with a kids 1mile fun run. 100% of the proceeds will go to improving the technology for Brewerton Elementary classrooms. There will be refreshments at the end of the runs for all participants as well as a tee shirt for those who preregister up until April 3, 2015.

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Run to the Sun 5K/10K/1/2 Marathon in Watertown, NY on Saturday 5/9/15 @ 9/9/8 am

This race benefits the Heather A. Freeman Foundation which is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing  the values that make a difference in the community and to honor the life of Heather A. Freeman who died tragically in a motorcycle accident.  T-shirts to all pre-registered runners (male, female and youth style shirts), and finishers medal for all 1/2 marathon finishers.

Website 2015

Show Your Swell 5K at Longbranch Park in Liverpool, NY on Sunday 5/10/15 @ 10am

The event is a 5K run/walk at Longbranch Park. The race will be chip-timed with services provided by Leone Timing. A 1K kid’s fun run will start at approximately 9:15 AM and will be a cross style run through the grass, followed by the 5K at 10:00. Refreshments including food and water will be available to all participants. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the HAEA (Hereditary Angioedema)

Registration 2015   Facebook Page

Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk in Cortland, NY on Sunday 5/10/15@ 9am

This one is put on by the Cortland YMCA. The race is to support the Kim Ryan-Leonard Scholarship.There’s also a 1 mile Fun Run. Prizes at this race usually include flowers, cookies, and candy (yummy).

Website 2015

May 8, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday night group run 5/6/15

Good afternoon runners! Hope you can meet us out tonight for a beautiful run through the Creek Walk. Meet at 530 pm at Freedom of Espresso in Franklin Square in Syracuse. We welcome all runners/walkers/bike riders.

May 6, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Weekend run opportunities 5/2/15

Hello Runners!

This week’s group run for Saturday May 2nd, 2015 we will be running some flat, easy miles from Cafe @ 407 in Liverpool at 8am in preparation for Sunday’s Mountain Goat!

We welcome all runners/walkers to join us. We have regulars that run anywhere from a 7 min to 13 min per mile pace so you can almost always find someone to run with. Please show up for a prompt departure of 8am and to hear any pre-run announcements and course directions.

Sunday May 3rd at 10:20am: Mountain Goat is here!!

Ready to Rock the Goat?! We will be taking a group photo in front of the monument in Clinton Square at 9:45am SHARP! Please be there on time and ready so we can get this done quickly before the start of the race.
Packet pick-up and Race Expo will be at Fleet Feet Friday 5/1/15 12pm-7pm and Saturday 5/2/15 9am-4pm. Race Day packet pick up is at Syracuse City Hall Commons 201 E. Washington St. Remember you can donate your used running shoes for “Play it Forward”.

Who’s in?


Ted Moore 5K Run/Walk at the MVCC Utica Campus in Utica, NY on Saturday 5/2/15 @ 9am

The Theodore “Ted” Moore 5-kilometer (3-mile) Run/Walk is an annual event held in honor of a former Mohawk Valley Community College associate professor whose life was tragically cut short by a drunk driver.  This race, which began back in 1997, also helps raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. The race is held the beginning of May each year with the course cutting through the Utica Campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Proceeds from the event benefit an MVCC scholarship in Moore’s name along with a portion being awarded to area agencies whose mission is drug and alcohol abuse prevention and treatment. Awards are presented for the top runners in 12 age categories for male and female along with overall awards for runners and fundraising awards.

Website 2015 

Mountain Goat 3K/10 mile in Clinton Square Syracuse, NY on Sunday 5/3/15 @ 9:40am/ 10:20am

You voted this one the “one to run” in Central New York! Also the ever popular Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Training Runs will begin in 2014 on Saturday, April 4th at 730 AM at the MOST Museum in Armory Square. Doors open @ 7 am, instructions (more like warnings) will occur before the run. The training runs will be held for 4 weeks (this is  a change from previous years) leading up to the race. There is a $15 fee for the training runs this year and this is due to the fact that the training runs are so large they have had to hire police officers to direct traffic! These are often attended by 600 plus runners every week. Runs start around 5.75 miles on week one and increase from there. Different parts of the course are chosen weekly for the runs. Some who are ready will run the whole course every week! Runners are grouped into different pace groups (7,8,9,10,11 minute/mile). Water/energy drink stations will be set up too. These runs are a great opportunity to reach your goals for the upcoming run season. Here’s answers to frequently asked questions about the training runs.

Packet pick up and Race Expo for 2015 will be at Fleet Feet Syracuse over 2 days, Friday 5/1/15 from 12pm-7pm and Saturday 5/2/15 from 9am-4pm. You can also pick up your packet on race day at Syracuse City Hall Commons 201 East Washington Street. Donate your used running shoes at the Packet Pick up for “Play it Forward”.

The race itself is amazing! Look forward to bands, many water and goo stops, breathtaking views of the City atop challenging peaks, and a great after party in Clinton Square @ 11:45am until 2:15pm . There’s also a Kids Run @ 9:15am for $5.

Website 2015

GLCC 5K/10K For Play in Geneva, NY on Sunday 5/3/15 @9am/915am

The 10K is new this year. GLCC 5K/10K for Play and 1 Mile Fun Run are to benefit/raise funding to purchase new toys, books and supplies to create the best learning environment possible for the children. Geneva Lakefront Childcare center is a non-profit center. For some of the children, this facility is their only opportunity to read, play and have planned learning projects.

Website 2015

Greater Binghamton Bridge Run 1/2 Marathon/5K  in Binghamton, NY on Sunday 5/3/15 @ 7:30am/10am

This is the 5th annual event for this race held by the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. You will run over historic bridges and through downtown Binghamton. Pre-race expo will be held at the Metrocenter on Saturday 5/2/15.  Runners/Walkers encourage to pick up their packets on Saturday.  This will be a USATF certified course also open to walkers. Age group awards and medals to all finishers.

Website 2015

May 1, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday night group run opportunity 4/29/15

Good afternoon runners! Spring has returned! Lets see how long it lasts this time :) Our Wednesday night group run 4/29/15 we will meet at Freedom of Espresso Franklin Square in Syracuse @ 530 pm. We will run the Creek walk and the Inner Harbor. We welcome all runners at any pace.

April 28, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Weekend run opportunities 4/25/15

Good afternoon runners! This weeks group run for Saturday 4/25/15 will be at Café @ 407 in Liverpool @ 8am. You can get in miles on the parkway or around the streets of Liverpool. We are looking to be around 30 degrees tomorrow morning so dress accordingly. Hang in there a little longer next week is looking to climb back into the 60s.

We welcome all runners/walkers to join us. We have regulars that run anywhere from a 7 min to 13 min per mile pace so you can almost always find someone to run with. Please show up for a prompt departure of 8am and to hear any pre-run announcements and course directions.

This is the last week of Mountain Goat training runs before the race next weekend.

3rd Annual Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest in Deansboro, NY on Saturday 4/25/15 waves starting @ 8 am

The third annual Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at MKJ Farms in Deansboro, NY. The event features: a 5K mud run, a 1/2 mile kids adventure run, and a 5 mile timed mud run. Runners will be challenged on hills, wooden obstacles and water. Athletes will also have the chance to compete in a traditional Highland event: the “Farmer Carry.” This event is always entertaining and demonstrates great acts of courage.  Daniel Barden, 7, was one of the first graders killed in the Sandy Hook, CT tragedy in December 2012. A niece of organizers of this event was inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School that day. She escaped physically unharmed. Her dear friend and next-door neighbor, Daniel, did not. Proceeds benefit charities including the Sandy Hook Promise.

Website 2015   Facebook Page

Finish the Course 5K in Pulaski, NY on Saturday 4/25/15 @9am

Finish the Course has many meanings. It could simply mean to finish the 5k course. It could also mean to finish your course in school work. Lastly it could mean finish the course of life and to do it strong. Providence Christian School in Pulaski invites you to join us in our 2nd Annual Finish the Course 5k Run/Walk Proceeds help to offset the cost of running our private non-profit school. This course will take you on a journey through the Village of Pulaski, down by the Salmon River, out into the countryside and back into the Village. The race will begin at the North Park and end at the North Park. Whether you are a seasoned racer or a casual walker, you can participate in this 5k Run/Walk.

Website 2015

Puddle Stomp 10K in Cortland, NY on Saturday 4/25/15 @ 9 am

Help Stomp Out Cancer!  Start and finish line for this race is at the Radiation Oncology Services in Cortland.  Race T-shirt if registered by April 5th. Age group awards for top 3 male and female and age groups up to 70+ and post race food including chili.  It benefits the Bella foundation and will be timed by Auyer Timing.

Website 2015

Paint Westvale Purple 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run in Westvale, NY on Sunday 4/26/15 @ 1045 am with kids fun run then 5K @ 11 am

We want participants to have fun on this slightly challenging course, while raising money for the fight against cancer. Decorating the entire route in Purple will raise awareness of the American Cancer Society’s Mission and create awareness of the Solvay-Geddes-Westvale Relay For Life. Please wear something purple, the color chosen to represent all cancers.

Website 2015

Save Our Switchback (SOS) 7.5K in Utica, NY on Sunday 4/26/15 @ 9am

Help support the South Woods Trails Project while you enjoy a course with a unique perspective! This race is Half a Boilermaker and goes along some of the same course. A one-of-a-kind road race through the beautiful wooded trails of Roscoe Conkling Park. The 2015 Save Our Switchbacks will take runners through the Utica Zoo for the very first time! Runners will race down African Alley before exiting out the Main Gate and heading down to the Parkway.

Website 2015

Make Tracks for Celiacs 5K X-Country Run/1 Mile Walk in Jamesville Beach Park on Sunday 4/26/15 both @ 11 am

If it seems like there’s a race for everything in Central New York, then you’re right!! This run also has a 1 Mile Walk. T-shirts to all who preregister. Gluten free goodie bags and plenty of raffles. They encourage team donations. Lot’s of fun stuff for the kids after, like balloons and games.  It may be the most common disorder you’ve never heard of with 1 of 133 people in the US having it, most don’t even know they have it. People with Celiac are intolerant to a protein called Gluten that’s found in wheat, barley and rye. So as you might imagine it severely limits what you can eat. However it’s becoming easier to find Gluten Free foods thanks to Wegman’s and other specialty food stores. This intolerance to Gluten causes an inflammatory reaction in multiple body systems ranging from mild symptoms all the way up to potentially fatal ones. The symptoms often can be vague and often are misdiagnosed, consisting usually of abdominal complaints. If you think you may have this disorder too, I encourage you to discuss it with your doctor and ask for the blood test.

Website 2015

April 24, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday night group run opportunity 4/22/15

Good afternoon runners! For our Wednesday night group run we will meet at Freedom of Espresso on Solar Street Franklin Square in Syracuse @ 530 pm. We will be running the Inner Harbor and Creek walk. The weather this week isn’t quite as nice as last week so dress appropriately. See you there :)

April 21, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Monday night group run opportunity 4/20/15 Boston Strong

Hello runners! It’s The Boston Marathon big Monday Running Day. There will be a special Boston Strong remembrance Group Run tonight at the Salt Museum @ 5:30. We will honor all those effected by the Boston bombing and run a few miles in memory. All are welcome to join to run any distance at any pace you choose.

April 20, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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