LAKE PLACID - One of Lake Placid's largest summer sporting events is receiving nation-wide praise from its participants.
The world's leading running magazine, Runner's World, reported in its January 2010 issue that a recent readership survey voted the Lake Placid Marathon as the second-most popular "Best Destination" race in the United States.
The online survey included votes from nearly 8,000 runners over a 383-day period. Among more than 430 marathons held in the United States during 2008, the Lake Placid Marathon was named as the national runner-up behind the Big Sur Marathon in California.
Race co-directors Jeff Edwards and Brad Konkler said they are thrilled about the recognition.
"Lake Placid is known internationally as a sports town, and we are pleased to host a major event in the Olympic Region during what was once a slow time for local businesses and tourism," said Edwards.
The Lake Placid Marathon, now in its sixth year, takes place each June and follows a scenic course between the Olympic Speedskating Oval on Main Street and the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds.
"We are a big race with small town charm and the Runner's World reader survey proves that," said Konkler. "There are thousands of excellent races for runners to choose from each year in the U.S. and it amazes me that we consistently draw runners from over 40 U.S. States, Canada and abroad."
Runners for the event must check in the day before the race, and are encouraged to stay overnight in Lake Placid, particularly at the Golden Arrow Resort, which serves as the official host hotel.
"People love the Olympic Village, the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and the local hospitality," Konkler added. "We work hard year-round to ensure our race weekend is a fantastic all around experience."
Last year, 2,100 runners participated in the race, which includes a half marathon and full marathon.
"Our aim is to showcase the Olympic Region to the running community and we are firmly on track with that goal, said Konkler. "Every year we get bigger and better"
Race weekend activities for the sixth annual Lake Placid Marathon take place June 11-13, 2010. Race day is Sunday, June 13. For more information go to www.lakeplacidmarathon.com
"The word about our race is spreading quickly and we expect our biggest field of runners in June 2010," said Edwards. "We are clearly becoming the premier early season race in the Northeast."