More than 900 runners took part in the annual Adirondack Distance Festival in Schroon Lake Sept. 23. The event featured a marathon, marathon relay and half marathon.
More than 900 runners took part in the annual Adirondack Distance Festival in Schroon Lake Sept. 23.
“It was an amazing day,” said Joel Friedman, race director. “The vibe around the course was unbridled positive energy. It was exhilarating to both the runners, spectators and volunteers.
“I can’t begin to thank all of the people that make this event happen,” he added. “But it is much more than that. It is practically the whole community coming out to support the event. The warmth runners feel from the local community is unbelievable. For most of them it is a once in a lifetime experience. So a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, team leaders, the race committee, spectators, local residents, EMS and police support, Word of Life, the BI kids, bus drivers, ham radio operators, sponsors, business community and everyone that makes this event happen.”
Stanley Larkin of Saint-basile-le-grand, Quebec, won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 53 minutes, 24 seconds, while Meg Ray of New York City claimed the women’s title in 3:18:54.
In the handcycle race, Jeremy Shortsleeve of Jericho, Vt., won the race in 1:48:44.
The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, circumnavigated Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finished back at the Schroon town beach. It had 239 finishers.
The marathoners had company over the second half of the course as 511 half marathoners toed the starting line in Adirondack and raced to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later.
Michael Brady of Brooklyn won the men’s half marathon in 1:14:22. Melanie Staley of Saratoga Springs won the women’s title in 1:27:00.
There were also marathon relays —one for two-person teams and another for four-person teams. The team of Ehntholt-Paquette won the two-person relay in 2:55:20. The team of Toelstedt, White, Cote and Cresci won the four-person relay in 3:12:45.
This year’s race included Julia Khvasechko, a brain cancer survivor who volunteered as a pacer for marathon runners in the 4:45 range. The Adirondack Marathon was the fourth marathon this month for the New York City woman.
A corporate accountant and massage therapist it was her 60th marathon as a member of Marathon Maniacs running club.
Khvasechko was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1997. She underwent surgery and radiation treatment followed by extensive physical therapy to regain the motor skills she had lost. While relearning how to walk, she promised that if she succeeded she would dedicate herself to giving back to those who had helped her and to those yet to confront her difficult journey.
She ran her first race, a 5-kilometer run, in 2005 and her first marathon later that year.
“Running has changed my life,” Khvasechko said. “Now I run to live and live to run — no terrain, weather or distance is as challenging as overcoming brain surgery or as difficult as loosing a loved one to this disease. I honestly feel that I survived to do this. Survivorship comes with responsibility. I feel it is my duty to run all over the country and wear my survivor shirt and to spread hope. Every day I get to run is a true gift.”
Khvasechko reached the Titanium Level, the highest rank, among Marathon Maniacs, in a race Sept. 16. To achieve this level, candidates must have run 30 marathons in 30 states within a 365-day time period.
Area finishers include:
85, Chris Coyne, North Creek, 4:00:10; 90, William Thomas, Whallonsburg, 4:01:51; 136, Douglas Ferris, Willsboro, 4:29:05; 165, Jonathan Bouyea, Peru, 4:46:34; 168, Lisa Meissner, Tupper Lake, 4:47:01; 215, Fraser Stram, Diamond Point, 5:28:50; 239, Jordan Boyea, Keeseville, 6:07:54.
15, Dan Maisonville, Schroon Lake, 1:33:23; 18, Alexei Tumanov, Saranac Lake, 1:34:12; 48, Matt Savarie, Schroon Lake, 1:41:16; Jake Middleton, Saranac Lake, 1:44:59; 80, Jeremy Robinson, Pottersville, 1:47:41; 85, Caleb Maisonville, Schroon Lake, 1:48:16; 96, Jolene Hlavaty, Newcomb, 1:50:43; 135, Sandra Geddes, Keeseville, 1:55:40; 146, Colleen Brown, Ticonderoga, 1:57:07; 171, Billie Brown, Minerva, 2:00:39; 172, Matthew Jabaut, Plattsburgh, 2:00:57; 173, Julie Reidy, Plattsburgh, 2:00:57;
177, Charles Mcguire, Keene, 2:01:28; 214, Gillian Wright, Schroon Lake, 2:06:18; 215, Jodi Thompson, Paradox, 2:06:21; 240, Angela Alphonso, Plattsburgh, 2:08:54; 248, Alisha Mullarney, Lake Placid, 2:09:27; 263, Candi Schermerhorn, Diamond Point, 2:10:56; 266, Kevin Bolan, Newcomb, 2:11:16; 291, Lori Barber, Lake George, 2:12:59; 305, James Carlin, Plattsburgh, 2:14:49; 313, Rachel Paris, Pottersville, 2:15:38; 317, Hayley Miller, Schroon Lake, 2:16:00; 342, Debora Stout, Schroon Lake, 2:19:53;
351, Katherine Smith, Keene Valley, 2:21:32; 363, Cathy Kennedy, Chestertown, 2:23:38; 364, Ellen Smith, Putnam, 2:23:53; 389, Heather Johnson, Lake George, 2:26:29; 407, Daniel Hay, Schroon Lake, 2:34:51; 408, Anna Hay, Schroon Lake, 2:34:51; 416, Abbianne Huizing, Pottersville, 2:37:47; 422, Alisa Barror, Schroon Lake, 2:39:24; 425, Sakiko Claus, Schroon Lake, 2:40:35; 434, Elizabeth Viele, North Creek, 2:43:40; 436, Debbie Philp, Schroon Lake, 2:44:00; 439, Pat Hamilton, Pottersville, 2:44:43; 440, Peter Smith, Putnam, 2:45:00; 458, Bobbi Storey Reeves, Peru, 2:53:15; 468, Jamie Shaughnessy, Lake Placid, 3:03:33; 469, Kellie Torrance, AuSable Folks, 3:03:34; 473, Thomas Smith, Keene Valley, 3:06:10; 479, Kaitlyn Fenton, Peru, 3:11:17.