Lee Gabler heads to the finish in the the 2011 Montcalm Mile. Gabler was clocked in 4 minutes, 15 seconds. This July 4th will mark the 26th annual Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga.
The 26th annual Montcalm Mile will be raced in Ticonderoga July 4.
One of the fastest, most-competitive road races in the North Country, the foot race will be held prior to the traditional Independence Day parade.
The Montcalm Mile will start at 1:45 p.m. in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.
A record field of more than 200 runners competed in the 2011 Montcalm Mile.
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.
Registration starts at 1 p.m. at Wicker Ford. For entry information contact Jay Wells, race director, at 90 The Portage, 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
Race information is also available online at www.best4thinthenorth.com and from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
Entry fee is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 16.
Awards will be presented to all finishers. Age group results will be posted on the web site. www.lachute.us
Last summer Lee Berube raced to victory, setting a new men’s course record of 4 minutes, 1 second. The women’s record is held by Dana Ostrander Bush in 4:41.
Berube, a Ticonderoga High School graduate, used the Montcalm Mile as a springboard to an outstanding senior season at SUNY-Geneseo. Berube finished second in the NCAA Division III cross country championship race last fall en route to earning All-America honors in cross country and track.
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 awarded the annual Crammond scholarship.
The club held its annual Resolution Run on Jan. 1 and sponsored the inaugural Lake Champlain Bridge Run in Crown Point in May. After the Montcalm Mile it will sponsor the Heritage Day 10K in Ironville Aug. 19 and the Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga, a 5-kilometer cross country race, Sept. 22.
The Heritage Day 10K will be held in conjunction with the Penfield Homestead Museum’s annual Heritage Day celebration.
Starting and finishing near the museum, the course covers country roads, about half of them dirt. The first four miles are up and down with a very fast two-mile downhill finish.
Late registration will be 8:30-9:45 a.m. race day on the museum porch. Runners can pre-register by mailing a check made out to the LaChute Road Runners to Dave Burrows at PO Box 454, Castleton, Vt. 05735. Entry fee is $10.
Medals will be presented to overall men’s and women’s winners as well as in age 19 and younger, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older categories for men and women. There will be no duplicate awards.
For more information, contact Burrows at 962-8005 or go online at www.lachute.us
The Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga is a scenic, cross-country 5K (3.1 miles) course. It features varied terrain of grass and gravel near the shores of Lake Champlain, on the historic Fort Ticonderoga peninsula, finishing on the parade ground inside the walls of the fort.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. Race day check-in and late registration will be 8:30-9:45 a.m. Entry fee is $15 for students and $17 for adults who pre-register. Entry fee is $20 on race day. T shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 registrants.
The race also includes a three-member team event.
The race will benefit the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Ticonderoga High School alumnus who has competed in cross country and/or track.