Jerry Lawson is a native of Central New York.  He went to Chittenango High School, Mohawk Community College and Boston University.  Jerry took up cross country in high school because he did not make the football team.  When he also did not make the baseball team, he tried track and field and the rest is history.  Some of Jerry’s accomplishments include:

  • Running a 5k road race in 14 minutes 8 seconds in 1992
  • He won the Empire State Games Triple Crown 5k in 14 minutes 20 seconds and the 10k in 29 minuets 35 seconds also in 1992
  • He won the Steeple Chase in 9 minutes 11 seconds also in 1992
  • He won the Jacksonville Marathon in 2 hours 14 minutes and 33 seconds also in 1992
  • He won the California Marathon in 2 hours 10 minutes and 27 seconds in 1993
  • He finished second in the Chicago Marathon and tied the American record of 2 hours 10 minutes and 4 seconds in 1996
  • He set an American record at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2 hours 9 minutes and 35 seconds in 1997 (missing a $1 million bonus by just 48 seconds)
  • He won the Austin Half Marathon in 1 hour 1 minute and 43 seconds in 1998
  • He was the 7 time champion of the Mountain Goat Run in 1985, 86, 88, 92, 95, 96 and 97
  • His 1992 was on the old Mountain Goat course that went up to the Woodlaw Reservoir Water Tower and he set a race record that still stands today of 48 minutes and 52 seconds

Jerry comes home to Syracuse often from his now home in Jacksonville, Florida to run the Mountain Goat.