2023 is the first year for The DAM 8. Over the last several decades the number of DeRuyter Lake (Tioughnioga Reservoir) residents and guests walking/running the lake keeps increasing as the value of routine physical movement is recognized.
The east branch of the Tioughnioga River, one mile south of hte lake, flows toward Cortland where it merges with the west branch. Together the river becomes quite significant especially with. heavy raion, or melting snow, supplying the mighty Susquehanna which empties into Chesapeake Bay.
Our logo represents two famous Admirals of the Netherlands, Maarten Tromp and Michael ReDruyter. Get out your magnifying glass. Their names on on the shoes. The Town of DerRuyter in it's first couple of years was named Tromptown.
Reaching and running the dam has served as the U-turn half-way section for the Tromptown Run at August Fair time for the last 45 years and also for the September Tromptown Marathon, full and half, the last two years. Our estimate is that 9000 plus runners over the years have performed that task.
For several years the Lake was the midpoint for the bicycle portion of the Syracuse Half Ironman. Lake residents "manned" the liquid, penalty and "breakdown" station. The Lake's 501(c)3, Tioughnioga Lake Preservation Foundation (TLPF), benefitted monies from that endeavor.
The last decade has also witnessed bicycle traffic increasing from the southern portions of the Syracuse area using the Lake or even the village further south for their turn around point. Motorcycle tours have also populated the village for "pit" stops.
With the DAM 8 the DeRuyter area now has three road races to correspond with spring, summer and fall. In spring, the DAM 8, August Fair time, half-marathon and 5Km (www.tromptownrun.com), and late September, the marathon, half-marathon and 5Km (www.tromptownmaratthon.com).
The co-directors, Win Skeele and Tim Glisson, have previous experiences as road runners of different distances and race directors. They also share another experience. Win lived his teenage years on the East side of the Lake and in later years lived 20 years on the West side, then another 20 years on the East side until he sold his home and land 15 years ago to the Glisson family who expanded to include "Glisson's Country Store" a second hand furniture and home decor shop. That point serves as the start and finish for the DAM 8. Love of the lake is in their bones!
The road race known as The DAM 8 is a competitive run around a man-made lake known as Tioughnioga Reservoir or DeRuyter Lake. May 21, 2023 will be its first running.
In 1865 the DAM was finished at the end of the Civil War. Canal authorities found it necessary to increase the supply of water for the long level east of SYracuse. The elevation is 1280 feet above sea level. The large face rock was brought from a railroad siding one mile south of the lake known as Puckerville. Extensive up-grading of the dam took place in 2020. Lake properties are located in three counties and four towns. The dam is mostly in the Town of Cazenovia, County of Madison. The hill that borders the west side contains the large historical Onondaga County Park, Highland Forest.
Google measures the road distance around the lake as 5.3 miles. A race of 8 KM is 4.971 miles. International standards of certification require a short correction factor which increases distances dependent on the length. So the adding of a few feet certainly gives us 5 miles.
Nearly 9000 runners over the past 44 years have run the wide U turn that takes in the dam when running the Tromptown Half-Marathon at Fair time in the middle of August. Recently with the additiona of the Tromptown Marathon and Half-Marathon (2021) in late September, it increases even more U turn trips of the Lake. The starts and finishes for both of those runs are in DeRuyter Village.
Years ago the lake residents formed two organizations to benefit activities as well as monitor and improve the water quality of the lake. This run will benefit the 501(c)(3) Preservation Foundation. (TLPF).