SCHROON LAKE Athletes from around the country around the world will be in Schroon Lake Sept. 20-21 for the 12th annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival. Past races have attracted runners from Japan, United Kingdom, Egypt, Alaska, California, Oregon and a host of other locales. Highlighting the festival will be the Adirondack Marathon, a 26.2-mile road race around Schroon Lake, Sept. 21. The distance festival also includes 5 and 10-kilometer road races in Chestertown Saturday, Sept. 20, and a half marathon in Schroon Lake on Sunday, Sept. 21. The half marathon is limited to 400 runners, while about 300 runners are expected in the full marathon. The marathon has been recommended by Runners World magazine as one of Eight Great Events to Kick Off the Fall Racing Season. The race was also listed in the book From Fairbanks to Boston, 50 Great U.S. Marathons as one of the top 50 races in the country. Prevention Magazine listed the Schroon race as one of the best walker-friendly events in the country. The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, will start at 9 a.m. on Main Street in Schroon Lake. The single loop course circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finishes back at the Schroon Lake town beach. People who wish to walk the marathon course can get started at 7 a.m. The course will remain open until 3 p.m. The marathoners have company over the second half of the course as the half marathoners will toe the starting line in Adirondack at 10 a.m. to race to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later. Marathon weekend begins on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. with 5 and 10-kilometer runs through the streets of Chestertown. Beginning and ending at the Chester Municipal Center, Helpers Fund director Carl Lamm is hoping for more than 300 runners this year. Individual racers as well as teams can register on Friday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. or Saturday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the municipal center. Also participating will be about 500 volunteers, who will man aid stations along the courses and work the finish area. Packet pick up for marathon and half marathon racers will be Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schroon Lake Central School. There will be a running expo at the same time as well as local craft vendors. There will be a pasta dinner, open to runners and others, that night at 5:30 at Word of Life. Tickets are available at the expo and at the door. A pair of course records fell during the 11th annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival Sept. 16 in Schroon Lake. David Herr of Canaan, Vt., took advantage of cool weather to win the marathon in 2 hours, 36 minutes, 55 seconds. That broke the old mark for the 26.2-mile course set by James Garrett in the inaugural race in 1997. Garrett ran 2:37:21. David Severance of Melvin Village, N.H., was second in 2:51:24. Kitty Earl-Torniainen of St. Paul Minn., won the womens race in 3:24:16. Brett Harris of Albany was second in 3:26:42. Patrick Standen of Burlington, Vt., won the handcycle race in 2:01:13. Bill Schwarz of Kinderhook was second in 2:06:44. The course record also fell in the womens half marathon. Annette Acuff of Binghamton raced to victory in 1:23:13. Thats better than the old mark of 1:23:55 set by Katherine Danner of Mecklenberg last year. Ashley Brown of Rensselaer was second in 1:28:38. Adam Kuklinski of Kew Gardens won the mens half marathon in 1:19:56. Larry Reyes of Rome was second in 1:24:32.