Photos at the Finish Line: Matt's Memo

Sarah Ottosen embraces her father Dale Ottosen at the finish line of the Syracuse Half Marathon. (CNYCentral, Matt Mulcahy)

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More than 5,000 runners traveled the streets of Syracuse winding from downtown through nearly every neighborhood. The top finishers were done in an hour and change. The bulk of the field closer to two. Finding a way to reach the finish line after 13.1 miles made everyone a medalist as they pushed down State Street past the historic War Memorial.

The finish line is a space of victory, patience and joy. Some eye the clock. Others break into a smile. Most of the participants find one last reserve of energy as they step over the sensors that record their achievement.

Contemporary tech fabrics, layers and bright colors comprised the outfits of each of the runners who put in the miles required to prepare. For some, head gear provided warmth and motivation. One runner finishing wore a cap stating: "Not fast, but not last."

Runners know community. They donated thousands of dollars to animal helping agencies from Central New York including the Shamrock Animal Fund and the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation.

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