The Footrace at the Falls, run in memory of Duane Crammond, above, will be contested Saturday, Aug. 17, in Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park.
The Footrace at the Falls, run in memory of Duane Crammond, will be contested Saturday, Aug. 17, in Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park.
This is the second year the event, sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners Club, will be held in downtown Ti. It was run seven years at Fort Ticonderoga.
The 5-kilometer cross country run will begin at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a free children’s race at 10:30 a.m. All children will receive a free certificate for an ice cream at the Wind Chill Factory. Parents must sign a waiver for each child running.
Registration for both races will be at the Ticonderoga Elks lodge at 5 Tower Avenue 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Restrooms and parking will be available at the Elks lodge.
Entry fee for the 5K race is $15 for students age 18 and younger, $20 for adults in advance and $22 for adults on race day. Checks can be made payable to the LaChute Road Runners. The first 100 runners to register will receive a T shirt.
Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group in the 5K.
For information call Matt Karkoski at 585-7206, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online at www.lachute.us
“We promise to have another exciting day with a scenic 5K cross country course that runs along the LaChute River Falls, crosses a covered bridge and finishes to music in front of a grandstand,” said Jeff Greer, a race organizer.
Race proceeds will benefit the Duane Crammond Memorial Fund. The fund helps support the Ticonderoga High School cross country and track teams as well as youth running programs in the community.
During its first seven years proceeds from the race were used to fund the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship. That $1,000 annual scholarship is now fully funded and will continue to be awarded.
The Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship and the Duane Crammond Memorial Fund are named for a former Ti High running stalwart.
Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.
Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at RPI, where he majored in engineering and was captain of the college’s cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPI’s indoor and outdoor track teams.
After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.
In 2012 a pair of former Ticonderoga High School runners claimed victory in the Footrace at the Falls.
Jesse Berube won the 3.1-mile cross country men’s race in a time of 17 minutes, 1 second, while Connie Belkevich captured the women’s event in 25:24.