Plans now in motion for city's next half-marathon

PLATTSBURGH - At the Oct. 28 meeting of the Plattsburgh Common Council, plans were approved for the second annual Plattsburgh Half Marathon, scheduled for April 17, 2011.

"There wasn't even a single question," said superintendent of recreation Steve Peters, referring to the councilmen. "Everybody knows what it is and what it does. It was so well received from last year that they were very happy to do it again."

The biggest change runners will notice during the race is the increase of participants. The first half-marathon, held this past April, allowed only 500 runners. The city has approved an increase to 1,000 runners.

"We had a wait list of 250 people last year," Peters explained of the increase.

Another change Peters is currently working on is to be certified by USA Track & Field, which will allow half-marathoners to qualify to take part in larger races.

"This race can qualify somebody for a more prestigious race such as they could be in something like the New York Marathon," said Peters. "That certification is really important for us and that's something we're working on getting."

Peters is planning on having a new Web site launched to allow participants easy access to information.

"We're trying to pull it all together and then have it all there," he said. "We're trying to put it all together on this Web site and throw that out there so hopefully it will be successful."

Peters said registration will open Wednesday, Dec. 1, with the USATF certification hopefully in place by then. More information about the half-marathon will be available in the coming weeks.

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