Lennie Tucker has inspired the joy of running races in Syracuse’s children, starting with the Mountain Goat 3K. In the mid-eighties, Lennie Tucker was assigned at Elmwood School up on South Avenue. If you get a kick out of teaching little kids, you naturally look for more ways to keep and spread the joy. Lennie saw a building full of kids located on a good running square, little bit of broken sidewalk that wasn’t too serious, and a cookie store next door. Lennie had been running the Mountain Goat herself since 1979, when it began. Connect those two and Lennie had a vision! That’s how it all started for her and for the kids.
Tucker didn’t have a defined role in the Race Committee for planning children’s races. She just showed up at Mountain Goat meetings held at the Downtown YMCA. In cold and snowy February, she would have her Elmwood Eagles walk-run around the school block two or three laps, three times a week. Like all runners know, after doing this for some weeks, the kids were able to run all three laps and prepared for the Mountain Goat 3K.
Sitting at the Race Committee table in those Downtown YMCA meetings, were co-Hall of Fame Inductee, Joe Fischer and other intrepid runners like Hall of Famer Walt Price. Lennie's tenacity and interest in children created the kidd’s Mountain Goat run, still held annually, which she directed for many years. Lennie Tucker has brought about many new runners in our community!