What is the syracuse half marathon?
Widely known as one of the best organized and professionally produced half marathons in the United States, the Syracuse Half Marathon provides a world major race feel at the regional level. Founded in 2012, the Syracuse Half Marathon quickly became extremely popular due to the experiences provided to their runners.
The last five runnings of the Syracuse Half Marathon have sold out.
Race Director / Founder - Partner
Rick’s passion for the success of this race and happiness of its’ participants is unparalleled. As our expert in race production and strategic marketing, Rick founded and directs the Syracuse Half Marathon. As a former competitive runner who now enjoys Crossfit to stay in shape, he receives most enjoyment enhancing the participant experience. Rick is no stranger to traveling as you can find him timing & scoring races all throughout the United States. At many of these events, he is able to learn from some of the most brilliant minds in the industry and bring them home to share.
Director of Sponsorship / Contracts - Partner
Ed Griffin is President and Co-Owner of Fleet Feet Syracuse, with his wife Ellen.
Founded in 2000, Fleet Feet Syracuse is a specialty running, walking and fitness store that helps people achieve their fitness and health goals. Fleet Feet Syracuse is one of only 3 stores in America to be named to the prestigious Best 50 Running Stores in America list all 13 years of the competition. In 2012, Fleet Feet was named Best Running Store in America and the CenterState CEO Business of the Year. Fleet Feet continues to introduce people to running through training programs, clinics and promotion of running events in Central New York and supports countless charities in the area.
Besides Fleet Feet, Ed is a partner in Upstate Event Management, which owns and operates the Syracuse Half Marathon. Ed oversees the use of the ONCenter on race weekend
Ed also was a Co-Founder of the Mountain Goat Run Foundation and served as a volunteer for the Mountain Goat Run since 2000 and as President of the Mountain Goat Run Foundation from 2005-2017.
Ed lives with his wife Ellen and their two bull terriers in Pompey.
Director Of Community Relations - Partner
Race Production - Partner
Matt has worked in the running industry since he was in college, beginning with a part time gig at Fleet Feet Syracuse, where he ended up working for over a decade. In addition to serving as the GM of Fleet Feet Syracuse, he founded the Six-Legged 5K, benefiting the CNY SPCA, and at one point served as the race director for Fleet Feet’s Runapalooza 5K.
Matt now works for Fleet Feet Inc., based in Carrboro, NC, but is still involved in the planning and execution of the Syracuse Half and returns to Syracuse each year for race weekend.
Race Production / Timing - Partner
September 11, 2020 Dear Participants, Our event production team has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Syracuse Half Marathon. We were unable to secure the proper permits through the NYS Department of Health and the City of Syracuse to hold a mass gathering of...read more
April 13, 2020 As we see the impact of COVID-19 spread through athletics we wanted to reach out to our participants to address the situation as it pertains to our 2020 event. The safety, health, and overall wellness of our participants is our #1 priority. We are...read more
We have once again partnered with Water Street Bagel Co. to provide a unique breakfast in honor of our half marathon! The "Power Runner" is in honor of the Syracuse Half is bacon, almond butter and banana with a drizzle of honey on your choice of bagel! Bring your bib...read more