Francois Morin gets a hug from his daughter, Alisson, after finishing the Adirondack Distance Festival half marathon in Schroon Lake Sept. 22. Morin, from L’Assomption, Quebec, finished eighth in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 42 seconds.
Runners from more than 30 states and 11 countries came to Schroon Lake for the 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival Sept. 21 and 22.
The event attracted 1,289 athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United States, according to Joel Friedman, race director.
The Adirondack Distance Festival included a full marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, 5-kilometer race and children’s race. The marathon, marathon relay and half marathon were contested Sunday, Sept. 22, with the other events Saturday, Sept. 21.
Chestertown hosted the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer road races Saturday. There was also a children’s kilometer fun run Saturday at the Adirondack Marathon finish line in Schroon Lake for runners ages 4-12.
The weekend also featured a race expo and packet pick at Schroon Lake Central School, a talk by Runner’s World senior editor Jeff Dengate and a pasta dinner at Word of Life Inn in Schroon Lake.
Ryan McTague of Schenectady won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes, 37 seconds. Kristin Hunt of Roanoke, Va., won the women’s race in 3:22:34.
There were 296 finishers in the marathon.
The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finished back at the Schroon town beach. The marathon course is a Boston qualifier, USATF certified course and is billed as “probably the most beautiful 26 miles and 385 yards you will ever run.”
The marathoners had company over the second half of the course as half marathoners toed the starting line in Adirondack and raced to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later.
Robert Bragoli of Chatham, N.J., led men to the finish in the half marathon, finishing in 1:20:29. Janne Rand of Lake Placid was the top woman in 1:31:10.
There were 463 finishers in the half marathon.
Readers of “Competitor.com” have named the half marathon along Schroon Lake as the best in the Northeast.
Michael West of Warrensburg set the pace in the 10-kilometer run, winning in 41:52. Christine Tokarz of Melrose was the leading woman in 46:52.
There were 71 finishers in the 10K.
Solomon Kariuki of Granby, Mass., won the 5-kilometer in 17:50. Acadia Dinardo of Underill, Vt., won the women’s title in 20:05.
There were 186 finishers in the 5K.
For information on the marathon, half marathon and relays go online at www.adirondackmarathon.org.
Men- 1, Ryan McTague, Schenectady, 2:47:37
Women - 1, Kristin Hunt, Roanoke, Va., 3:22:34
Local finishers - 102, Jennifer Otrube, Schroon Lake, 3:57:56; 204, Brian Donat, Ticonderoga, 4:39:52; 262, Mary Nevins, Schroon Lake, 5:14:24; 263, Elizabeth Nevins, Schroon Lake, 5:14:25.
Marathon two-person relay
Men - 1, Derek Payne and Kristopher Renadette, 3:12:34
Women - 1, Nikki O’Meara and Sonya Pasquini, 3:05:05
Mixed - 1, Kim Martineau and Ethan Rouen, 3:07:24
Marathon four-person relay
Men - 1, Hugo Houde, Yvan Houde, Leandre Houde-Labrecque, Guy Labrecque, 4:29:34
Women - 1, Jennifer Drohan, Pamela Drohan, CC Rottger, Amy Taylor, 4:02:43
Mixed - 1, Jennifer Ferriss, Gary Paschal, Richard Staley, Kim Zimbal, 3:27:49
Men - 1, Robert Bragoli, Chatham, N.J., 1:20:29
Women - 1, Janne Rand, Lake Placid, 1:31:10
Local finishers - 125, Gillian Wright, Schroon Lake, 1:56:48; 140, Ashley Whitty, Schroon Lake, 1:58:29; 165, Paul Manning, Schroon Lake, 2:01:24; 179, Colleen Brown, Ticonderoga, 2:03:03; 188, Hayley Miller, Schroon Lake, 2:04:28; 208, Jodi Thompson, Paradox, 2:07:17; 216, Mike Rumbuti, Ticonderoga, 2:08:07; 265, Brandon Mieras, Schroon Lake, 2:13:48; 320, Debora Stout, Schroon Lake, 2:23:22; 321, Eric Stoddard, Ticonderoga, 2:23:30; 412, Kim Stock, Schroon Lake, 2:46:04; 430, Danielle Stone, Schroon Lake, 3:03:54; 448, Mary Kay Glazer, Ticonderoga, 3:34:03.
Men - 1, Michael West, Warrensburg, 41:52
Women - 1, Christine Tokarz, Melrose, 46:52
Local finisher - 5, Paul Matson, Adirondack, 44:14
Men - 1, Solomon Kariuki, Granby, Mass., 17:50
Women - 1, Acadia Dinardo, Underhill, Vt., 20:05
Local finishers - 35, Jim Cunningham, Ticonderoga, 26:48; 43, Dave Rutkowski, Ticonderoga, 27:56; 54, Jim Jennison, Adirondack, 30:02; 72, Michael Speshock, Mineville, 31:26; 78, Anna Laurenzo Schroon Lake, 32:46; 117, Cameron Waldorf, Crown Point, 38:06; 128, Rannei Rambow, Schroon Lake, 40:49; 129, Jennie Bensen, Schroon Lake, 40:49; 147, Jared Kimball, Crown Point, 48:24; 148, Lauren Kimball, Crown Point, 48:24; 149, Linda Kimball, 48:25; 153, Laura Dewey, Schroon Lake, 49:22; 160, Sue Armbrecht, Schroon Lake, 50:40; 161, Doug Armbrecht, Schroon Lake, 50:40; 174, Peter Oberdorf, Adirondack, 55:34; 177, David Goltzman, Schroon Lake, 56:23; 178, Naomi Goltzman, Schroon Lake, 56:25.