The Adirondack Distance Festival has been recognized by readers of a national running publication. Readers of “Competitor.com” have named the half marathon along Schroon Lake as the best in the Northeast.
The Adirondack Distance Festival has been recognized by readers of a national running publication.
Readers of “Competitor.com” have named the half marathon along Schroon Lake as the best in the Northeast.
The Adirondack Distance Festival includes a full marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, 5-kilometer race and children’s race. The 2013 distance Festival will be Sept. 21-22. The marathon, marathon relay and half marathon will be contested Sunday, Sept. 22, with the other events Saturday, Sept. 21.
The Boston Marathon was named the best marathon in the “Competitor.com” poll, while Lake Placid marathon was selected as the best destination race in the Northeast.
Registration is open for the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival opened Feb. 1.
“Anticipating an early spring and lots of time to get in those miles, on Feb 1, first day registration of the Adirondack Marathon shattered all previous opening day records and beat Punxsutawney Phil to the start line of another great running season,” said Tom Reid of the Adirondack Distance Festival.
“While half marathons are by far the fastest growing distance event in the United States, a surprising 60 percent more registered for the full Adirondack Marathon, perhaps spiking a new trend,” Reid said. “Either way, be sure to hop on the bandwagon soon, whatever your distance of choice.”
The marathon course is a Boston Qualifier, USATF certified course and is billed as “probably the most beautiful 26 miles and 385 yards you will ever run.”
To register or for more information visit www.adirondackmarathon.org.
More than 900 runners took part in the 2012 Adirondack Distance Festival Sept. 23.
“It was an amazing day,” Joel Friedman, race director, said of last year’s event. “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.”
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.