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B'ville: Mountain Run, 'Wacky' fun

When Terry DeFrancesco was contacted to be the sole food vendor for the Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse this year, she didn't hesitate one bit, despite memories of a sore arm after working last year's event.

"Once the line for food starts, it doesn't stop," she said. "My arm hurt so bad because I was just scooping and scooping and scooping."

DeFrancesco and her husband John, who she calls a phenomenal cook, own Wacky Wyatt's in Baldwinsville. The two started the restaurant six years ago on Mechanic Street. They have since moved to the former VFW on Route 31 next to the railroad tracks. The new facility can accommodate 285 guests.

"We're the biggest restaurant in Baldwinsville," Terry said.

And they must be doing things right.

The two were first contacted last year to fill the position of sole vendor at the Mountain Goat Run event. Terry said organizers had heard good things about Wacky Wyatt's and decided to take a chance on them.

"After the run, we had no leftovers," Terry said. "It came down to the last person and the last sandwich -- we didn't run out of a thing. Of course, the accolade was when they called us back this year. That was the pat on the back."

The Mountain Goat Run event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday May 6 at Clinton Square in Syracuse. It includes a 5K and 10K run up and down hills starting and ending in Clinton Square. The event also includes beer tents and live entertainment after the run. As far as food, Wacky's is the only food vendor there and last year there were 1,200 runners alone, and every year it gets bigger and bigger.

For more information, or to register, visit mountaingoatrun.com.

"This is one of the largest running events in the northeast," Terry said. "We have to be ready to serve food by 11 a.m. for the runners."

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