First-ever Syracuse Half Marathon draws over a thousand

Half Marathon runners warm up with the Harlem Shake at the Oncenter Sunday morning

Downtown Syracuse was full of runners on Sunday morning, but before they ran, they shook, to the Harlem Shake.

The Syracuse Half Marathon drew 1,014 runners, on a 13.1 mile course that started and finished at the Oncenter.

The race itself started with a pistol shot, at 8am. At 7:35, hundreds of runners, many in Syracuse-themed costume (including Jim Boeheim masks) warmed up with the Harlem Shake. Then, they ran to change into competition clothes, before the run.

The course took runnersthrough downtown, up Salina Street then east on James Street, past our Broadcast Center, to Eastwood, then into Lyncourt and across the North Side, back to the Oncenter.

Times were fast, with C. Fred Joslyn from East Syracuse the winner, completing the course in 1:06:28.

Our congratulations also to NBC3 Director Chris Hahn (who did not work this morning), 91st of the 1,014 competitors.

Meteorologist Mike Brookins had a personal best half maraton, finishing 239th.