US Masters 5K at Syracuse on Oct. 4

Syracuse Festival of Races To Welcome the U.S. on
October 4th
Early Registrations Include Runners
from 28 States

Syracuse, NY ‰ÛÓ With more than two weeks
remaining for runners to register for the 17th annual Syracuse
Festival of Races, the October 4th event has already attracted
entrants from twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and

“I’m confident that we’ll have thirty or more states represented
in the USA Masters 5 km Championships alone,” forecasts the event’s director,
Dave Oja. “And we’re also seeing non-Championship entrants coming from places
like Illinois, Florida, and Texas‰ÛÓall focused on the Festival’s reputation for
quality and our extensive history of fast, record-eligible times.”

Starting and finishing at Syracuse University’s Manley Field
House, the Syracuse Festival of Races is open to runners and walkers of all ages
and abilities, and it includes separate 5K (3.1-mile) races for men and women,
the non-competitive MVP Health Care 3K Fun & Fitness Run, and the Community
Walk. Running concurrently with the 5K races are the 2009 USA Masters (40+) 5 km
Championships, and the inaugural Fitness Forum/SOS Joint Replacement
Run‰ÛÓpossibly the nation’s first-ever event of its kind. The events of race
morning are expected to attract well over 3,000 participants.

Particularly beneficial to the local economy will be those
participants coming from a distance. Runners coming to the Festival of Races are
flying into Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, renting vehicles, booking
hotel room-nights, dining in restaurants, and filling their gas tanks. Despite
the nation’s lingering economic difficulties, 2009 is proving to be a boom year
for the Festival, which has long been the only annual Syracuse road running
event that produces significant sales of local hotel rooms. “Among Syracuse road
races, we’re off the charts in terms of states represented, hotel reservations,
entrants coming by air, two-night stays, and‰ÛÓobviously‰ÛÓnational buzz,” says Oja.
“It’s great for the local economy; it’s great for our host, Syracuse University;
and it’s great for all the CNY-area runners who seldom have the opportunity to
be part of a road race field like this.”

That field will include such world-class performers

–David Cannon, 53, of Seattle, WA, who won the 2008 men’s 50-54
5 km national championship here at the Festival in 16:17;

–Sabra Harvey, 60, of Houston, TX, who recently set the pending
women’s 60-64 5 km world record of 19:11;

–Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, 50, of Austin, TX, who ran 17:44.7 to
place second in the women’s 50-54 5,000m masters world championships;

–Pete Magill, 47, of South Pasadena, CA, who has run under
15:00 for 5K a dozen times since turning 40‰ÛÓincluding the U.S. single-age 5K
records for ages 43, 46, and 47;

William Dixon, 62, of Brattleboro, VT, who won the 2008 men’s
60-64 5 km national championship here at the Festival in 17:37;

–Doug Goodhue, 67, of Milton, MI, who’ll be defending the Men’s
65-69 national title that he captured at the 2008 SFoR in a time of 18:18 at age

–Sharon Dolan, 67, of Westphalia, MI, who’ll be defending the
Women’s 65-69 national title that he captured at the 2008 SFoR in a time of
21:44 at age 66; and

Henry Sypniewski, 91, of Cheektowaga, NY, whose 2008 USA
Masters 5 km Championships time of 33:46 at the Syracuse Festival of Races broke
the listed U.S. men’s 90-94 record by more than seven

Additional information about the Syracuse Festival of Races is
available at the event’s web site:

Major support for the 2009 Festival of Races comes from: MVP
Health Care; the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and a grant secured by NYS
Senator John A. DeFrancisco; Fitness Forum Physical Therapy; Syracuse Orthopedic
Specialists; Dick’s Sporting Goods; Dermody, Burke & Brown CPAs; News 10
Now; Eagle Newspapers; Citadel Communications; the Syracuse New Times;
Family Times; P&C Food & Pharmacy; the Syracuse Convention and
Visitors Bureau, USA Track & Field; and the Syracuse Chargers Track Club,

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