TICONDEROGA The third annual Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga will feature team competition this fall.
Its a traditional cross country race, so it makes sense to have team competition, said Matt Karkoski, race director.
The race will be contested Saturday, Sept. 22. It will continue to welcome individual runners not participating in the team event.
The event is a scenic, cross-country 5K (3.1 miles) course. It features varied terrain of grass and gravel near the shores of Lake Champlain, on the historic Fort Ticonderoga peninsula, finishing on the parade ground inside the walls of the fort.
The team race will pit squads of three runners each and will be scored in traditional cross country fashion, by place with low score winning.
Awards will be given to the first teams in each class men, women, family, civic group and business (including school districts).
We hope to see teams from the various schools, community organizations and families, Karkoski said. We think the team scoring will add another element to an already-great race.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. an hour earlier than in past years. Race day check-in and late registration will be 8:30-9:45 a.m. Entry fee is $15, $17 on race day. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 registrants.
Team members should return their entries together to be entered in the team competition.
Each runner and two spectators will receive complimentary admission to Fort Ticonderoga on race day. Fifers and drummers will hail the finishers.
For more information contact Karkoski at 585-7206 evenings or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry forms are available on line at www.lachute.us
The race will benefit the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Ticonderoga High School alumnus who has competed in cross country and/or track.
Sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners, the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship is named for a former Ti High running stalwart.
Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.
Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he majored in engineering and was captain of the colleges cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPIs indoor and outdoor track teams.
He was also a member of the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps.
After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.
In 2006 the race attracted 102 runners (99 finishers) from seven states and Canada to the historic fort.
Jay Wells won the mens race in 17 minutes, 46 seconds. Kevin Beck of Ti was second, 7 seconds back.
Caroline Lamy of Shawinigan Sud, Quebec, won the womens race in 20:17.
The big winner, though, was the scholarship fund, which raised more than $2,300.