Tony Martin and the Strathmore Neighborhood
The Mountain Goat Run would not exist without the hundreds of volunteers supporting the event. It takes nine months of planning and about 500 volunteers that spend three-to-ten hours each on Race Day alone. Tony Martin along with the Strathmore Neighborhood exemplify the volunteer spirit that makes the Mountain Goat an iconic Syracuse event. Tony has been volunteering at the Mountain Goat himself for over 35 years! His wife ran three or four Mountain Goat Races and Tony “just ran” the practice runs with her. He was her “corner” person cheering her on with his cup of coffee at the corner where they live when this unknown guy (later identified as Hall of Famer, Jerry Smith) came running by and yelled out “you there, don’t let the bus cross here and cut off the runners!” Tony thought, ‘ok, I can do that’. And so it began.
Tony got Bob Nicholson involved and in turn they started rounding up volunteers for corners in the neighborhood and it grew to covering three miles of the course on race day and every training run on those Saturdays in April! About ten years ago, Goat Fest started in the first block of Stolp with two fellow members of the Strathmore Neighborhood Mens Club inviting the group to use their yards. One neighbor was a veterinarian and got some goats for Race Day. When the two men on Stolp moved, Goat Fest relocated to its current spot on Strathmore.
Tony enjoys the atmosphere and camaraderie of races and running events. He loves the day of the event when you just show up, do your job and leave! He still runs races but says he now volunteers more and runs less (he used to run more and volunteer less). The Syracuse Track Club and Paige’s Butterfly Run can attest to the hours Tony volunteers and many runners recognize Tony along many of the race routes here in Syracuse. Tony represents the best of volunteerism.