The Inaugural Electric City Five Miler

by Josh Merlis

On Saturday, March 13, ARE Event Productions (AREEP) will debut its Electric City 5 Miler at Schenectady’s Mohawk Harbor. Since the harbor’s creation a few years ago, AREEP has been highly interested in bringing an event there and is thrilled to now be making that a reality.

As Mohawk Harbor was built with the intention of having thousands of concurrent people on-site, spread across its casino, restaurants, shops, and home residences, it meets all of our needs of having ample parking and extensive outdoor open space for us to deploy an event safely. The race will be staged from the large parking lot between the parking garage and the amphitheater and utilize a meticulously planned staggered start in the same fashion as our 2020 races.

We’re quite excited about the course, itself, in that it offers a relatively fast, if not completely flat, loop that features two bridge crossings across the Mohawk River! We’ve never put on our own event that featured running literally across a major body of water, and surely not one that finished running past a casino and ended mere yards from a brewery (Druthers Brewing Company). Speaking of Druthers, we’re excited to have them on board providing a free beer to all finishers! They are also the title sponsor of the Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon (April 17), and we greatly appreciate their support of the local race scene.

Registration opened on February 1 at $35 and goes to $40 on February 5. To see the complete entry fee schedule and to learn more about the event, visit

Register soon for this incredible race!!!

Here is a list with links to ARE’s upcoming races:

Sat, 2/13 - Brave the Blizzard 5K Snowshoe Race
Sat, 4/17 - Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon & 5K
Sat, 6/19 - Dodge the Deer 5K
Sun, 7/18 - Froggy Five & Hard as Hell Half Marathon
Sun, 8/22 - Thacher Park Trail Running Festival - 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K
Sun, 10/31 - Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon & Squirrelly Six Mile
Sun, 11/21 - Upstate Classic 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M
Sat, 12/4 - ARE Adventure Race

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