The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was supposed to be a one-time affair to celebrate the opening of the new span connecting the two states. That was the plan, but the inaugural race was such a hit it’s returning. The second annual The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run will be contested Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was supposed to be a one-time affair to celebrate the opening of the new span connecting the two states.
That was the plan, but the inaugural race was such a hit it’s returning. The second annual The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run will be contested Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
“It was a very successful race last year,” Nancy Ockrin, co-chair of the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce, said. “It was a lot of fun and many runners asked us to do it again. I think this year will be even better.”
Packet pick up and day race registration will be 8:30-9:45 a.m. on the grounds of the British fort ruins within the Crown Point State Historic Site. People can also register in advance online at www.active.com and by mailing registration forms to Ockrin at PO Box 33, Crown Point 12928. Registration forms are available online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website, www.lachute.us
Registration fee is $20 and includes a T shirt before May 1. After May 1 the fee is $25 without a shirt. A family rate is available, costing $10 for each child who registers with a parent. Checks should be made payable to the LaChute Road Runners Club.
For more information contact Ockrin at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-597-3754 or go online at www.lachute.us
The 3.1-mile race is being sponsored by the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce and the Ticonderoga-based LaChute Road Runners Club.
The course has been changed this year. A year ago the race started on the bridge. This spring the race will begin at the Samuel deChamplain Lighthouse in the New York State campsite and follow a pedestrian path along the Lake Champlain shore, under the bridge, to the historic site. The race will finish near the historic site museum in front of the bridge. The course is mostly grass and dirt with some asphalt.
“It’s a great course,” Matt Karkoski of the LaChute Road Runners said. “The scenery is absolutely beautiful, there are no traffic issues and the course a lot of fun. I love this course.”
In 2012 the race attracted 181 runners. Judson Hescock won the men’s title in 18 minutes, 45 seconds and Sara Facteau was the women’s champion in 18:50.
The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was part of a two-day celebration marking the opening of the new bridge last May. That celebration featured entertainment, a boat flotilla, a car show, vendors, a dance, fireworks and the race.
That celebration is over, but the New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run lives on.
“I hope this event continues many years,” Ockrin said. “I’m certain runners will love it.”