About 3,000 runners will be in Ticonderoga this fall as part of a nearly 200-mile relay race. Ticonderoga Middle School has been selected as an exchange point for the second annual Ragnar Adirondack Relay, which will feature more than 260 12-member teams running from Saratoga Springs to Lake Placid.
About 3,000 runners will be in Ticonderoga this fall as part of a nearly 200-mile relay race.
Ticonderoga Middle School has been selected as an exchange point for the second annual Ragnar Adirondack Relay, which will feature more than 260 12-member teams running from Saratoga Springs to Lake Placid.
Since Ticonderoga is an exchange point, every runner in the 192.7-mile race will be here. It’s one of only six exchange points in the race.
“Each team will have two vans with six runners,” explained Katie Aston Seely, race director. “Since Ti is an exchange point, one van of runners will be completing a leg and the other van will be starting one. One group will be in Ti waiting for its team, then the other group will stay in Ti to rest and refuel.”
Ticonderoga was also an exchange point for the race last year.
“We’re happy to host the race again,” John McDonald, Ti school superintendent, said. “Last year it was all good. Everything worked very well.”
Ticonderoga Middle School will be open to runners beginning Friday, Sept. 27, at 4:45 p.m. to Saturday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 a.m. Actual hand-offs in the relay race are expected to take place between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
The race will allow several student and community groups an opportunity to make money, according to Bruce Tubbs, the Ti event coordinator.
Last year Ti Middle School students raised money for their whale watch trip by charging runners $2 for showers in the school locker rooms. The Ti High baseball team sold fruit and coffee. College For Every Student participants raised money by charging runners $1 to sleep in the school gym. There is also a pasta dinner served in the cafeteria that raises money for the school itself.
“We received many very favorable comments last year,” McDonald said. “It’s a great event.”
There is one complication this year. Friday, Sept. 27, the annual Ticonderoga-Moriah football game will be played at Sentinel Field adjacent to the school.
“If it had been any other game we may have moved it,” McDonald said, “but it’s Ti-Moriah. It’s a rivalry game.”
McDonald said football parking will be moved to accommodate the use of the school building for the relay race.
“I don’t think it’s be a problem,” he said. “The game should be over before most of the runners arrive.”
Runners will be finishing an 8-.7 mile leg of the race from Hague when they arrive in Ti. They will come north on Route 9N, turn onto Alexandria Avenue and go the middle school. The actual hand-off will take place at the playground in front of the school. Runners will then head back out Alexandria Avenue to Route 9N and north toward Crown Point.
“Ticonderoga is a perfect location for us,” Seely said. “I know runners look forward to reaching Ti.”
The race will begin at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, skirt along the Hudson River, pass through the Lake George region, up the southern side of Lake Champlain and finish in Lake Placid. The race is known for its waterfront miles.
For more information go online at www.ragnarrelay.com/race/adirondacks