SCHENECTADY -- There will be a chill in the air Sunday morning, but plenty of warm bodies on city streets.
The field for the 44th annual MVP Health Care Stockade-athon 15k will start on State Street below Nott Terrace at 8:30 a.m. and will pass through several Schenectady neighborhoods, including the Stockade and Central Park, before finishing back downtown on Franklin Street at City Hall.
The race has drawn over 1,000 finishers every year since 2004, including 1,317 in 2018, when the respective men's and women's winners were Francois Jarry and Samantha Roecker. The Stockade-athon offers a total of $7,875 in cash prizes in local and all-comers categories.
There is no day-of-race registration.
Because the course uses or crosses many of the busiest streets in the city, travelers are advised to expect some delays. The back of the field typically finishes in about two hours and 30 minutes.
The race crosses Erie Boulevard twice in its early stages, at State Street on the way into the Stockade and at the Front Street traffic circle entrance onto Nott Street.
It turns right onto Lenox Road at Union College and comes out onto Grand Boulevard via Waverly Place before turning right on Dean Street on the way to Central Park.
After the downhill on Bradley and a short stretch of Brandywine Avenue, the field will stay off city streets by running through Vale Cemetery and Vale Park before crossing Nott Terrace for the fast downhill on Franklin.
The Stockade-athon was first run in 1976 and has been a popular fixture on the Capital Region road race calendar.
The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions and near-30-degree temperatures at the start, but no precipitation.