The 28th annual Montcalm Mile will offer $2,300 in prize money this July 4th in Ticonderoga. The Montcalm Mile, the largest participation event in Ticonderoga every year, will also become the first area race to use computer chip timing to score results in 2014.
The Montcalm Mile, known for its fast course, hopes to become even faster this summer.
The 28th annual one mile road race, held July 4th just prior to Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North parade, will offer prize money this year in an effort to attract another top field of competitors.
With a men’s course record of 3 minutes, 54 seconds, the Montcalm Mile is believed to be the fastest mile anywhere in New York and Vermont, outside New York City.
“The Montcalm Mile has become the premier athletic contest in the North Country,” Fred Herbst, race director, said. “Having attracted record fields each of the past five years, we expect more than 300 runners in 2014.
“Our goal is make the race one of the most competitive events in the North Country while remaining a fun, family-friendly race,” he said.
To accomplish that goal the Montcalm Mile will feature two divisions — elite for men who run a sub-6-minute mile and women who run sub-7 along with a recreational division for other runners.
The elite division will offer $2,300 in prize money. The men’s and women’s winners will receive $500, second place $300, third $200, fourth $100 and fifth $50.
The Montcalm Mile course records are 3 minutes, 54 seconds set by Lee Berube in the men’s race and 4:41 set by Dana Bush in the women’s race.
It’s a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region’s top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga’s annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.
The Montcalm Mile, the largest participation event in Ticonderoga every year, will also become the first area race to use computer chip timing to score results in 2014. The LaChute Road Runners Club, which sponsors the race, has contracted with the Albany Running Exchange for computerized chip timing and scoring.
To facilitate the new scoring system, runners are asked to register for the race online at www.active.com/ticonderoga-ny/running/distance-running-races/montcalm-mile-2014
Entry fee is $15 for the elite race, $10 for adults in the recreational race and $5 for children age 18 and younger in the recreational race.
Limited race day registration starts at 12:30 p.m. at Wicker Ford. For entry information contact Herbst at 13 Lindbergh Landing, Ticonderoga 12883 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Race information can also be found online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website — www.lachute.us and at www.best4thinthenorth.com/
The race will start at 1:45 p.m.
Awards will be presented to all finishers. Age group results will be posted on the web site. www.lachute.us
The LaChute Road Runners has sponsored running events for decades in Ticonderoga while raising money to support youth running. The LaChute Road Runners has financed trips for the Ticonderoga High School cross country and track teams, purchased equipment for the scholastic harriers, provided monetary assistance to teens attending camps and awards the annual Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship. The club has awarded $12,000 in college scholarships the past 10 years.