The popularity of the Gazette Stockade-athon 15-kilometer (9.3 miles) road race continues to grow, drawing a record field in each of the past five years.
Based on entries so far this year, race director Vince Juliano said he is expecting another large field on Sunday, one that will approach another record for what is regarded as the "oldest major 15K road race in the country."
Last year, a total of 1,794 runners entered the race and 1,603 finished the course, which begins and ends in Schenectady's Central Park.
Entries are accepted until Saturday. Online registration has closed, but last-chance registration will continue Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Daily Gazette main office at 2345 Maxon Road Extension in Schenectady. Packet pickup and shirt selection will be available on Saturday as well, along with the sale of previous years' merchandise. For those who have already entered, packet pickup will continue at 7:30 a.m. Sunday in Central Park before the start of the race.
The race starts at 9 a.m., with a kids' one-mile run to follow at 11:30 a.m. The awards ceremony follows the kids' race.
Links to Stockade-athon features:
Today: Stefanie Braun of Long Island is one to watch in the talented women's field in this year's Stockade-athon. See Mike MacAdam's story here.
Wednesday: The Stockade-athon race continues to grow and improve despite changes to the course this year. Click here.
Oct. 20, 2012: New race layout for 2012 is more runner-friendly. Click here.
Video: The Stockade-athon experience
Videographer Matthew Rogowicz captured the enthusiasm and color of the race at last year's event. To view, click here.
Sept. 27, 2012: Proposed course eliminates State Street hill. Click here.
Nov. 14, 2011: Chichester buries record field of 1,794. Includes photo gallery, videos and related stories from last year's race. Click here.
2011 photo gallery. Click here.
2010 photo gallery. Click here.
2009 photo gallery. Click here.
2008 photo gallery. Click here.
To view a complete list of Gazette Stockade-athon stories over the past few years, click here.
To visit the Stockade-athon website, click here.
To visit the Active.com website with Stockade-athon information, click here.
To visit the Hudson Mohawk Roadrunners Club website, click here.