Mile markers 5 & 6 were inaccurate. Mile markers 8-10 were missing. The remaining markers were sporadic or missing and assumed inaccurate. There was no half marathon mat or mile marker. Poor starting line logistics, not organized. I am not sure if the race director has run or even organized a 5K.
Plenty of race day parking. We could literally arrived 5 min before the race and not missed the start.
By EMR about 2013
Well run Mid-sized (500+in full; 1500 Half). Super nice section that runs along Onondago lake (miles 2-6 and 20-24). Some of the middle miles are run on the shoulder of the road w/ a pretty severe slope. Decent sized expo w/ race themed items if that's your thing. Even tho this year we didn't get great foilage I think usually you can expect fall at its best. Tons of water stops and all w/ sports drink but in 2013 it was accelerade (I can't handle that) so beware. Simple food afterward but they did have chocolate Milk! Yeah! Nice long sleeve tech shirt and good medal.
There are some hills in the middle miles. They can be long but they are gentle inclines. There a mile long downhill @ 19 then super flat the final 10K when runners need it. We had sunny cool weather in 2013. Half begins after the full so no early road congestion.
I stayed in a Motel 6 that was about 10 minutes away. Race begins and ends @ local baseball stadium so parking was easy (folks guided cars into place). There is a pasta dinner but I didn't go.
By MLB about 2012
Beautiful Upstate New York Fall scenery
Great weather in 2011 and 2012 (in the 50s, no rain, some sun)
Logistically easy (plenty of parking, toilets)
Well-stocked aid stations (water and sports drink, gels)
Great race shirts
This is a wonderful race. I ran this race in 2011 and 2012 and will run again tomorrow for 2013. I ran my first marathon in D.C. and found the travel from Syracuse to D.C., travel on race morning, and long lines for toilets to be stressful. Then I ran the Empire State Marathon and I realized my experience in D.C. was not necessary. I am now reluctant to run a different marathon because the Empire State Marathon is so close to home, wonderfully organized, and beautiful. Running the marathon distance itself can be stressful enough so why not find a race that keeps other stress factors to a minimum. This race is it!
If you prefer a particular type of energy gel, bring your own.