SCHROON LAKE A pair of course records fell during the 11th annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival on Sept. 16.
David Herr, of Canaan, VT, took advantage of the cool weather to win the marathon in 2 hours, 36 minutes, 55 seconds. That broke the old mark for the 26.2-mile course set by James Garrett in the inaugural race in 1997. Garrett ran 2:37:21.
David Severance, of Melvin Village, NH, was second in 2:51:24.
Kitty Earl-Torniainen, of St. Paul, MN, won the womens race in 3:24:16. Brett Harris, of Albany, was second in 3:26:42.
Patrick Standen, of Burlington, VT, won the handcycle race in 2:01:13. Bill Schwarz, of Kinderhook, was second in 2:06:44.
The course record also fell in the womens half marathon.
Annette Acuff, of Binghamton, raced to victory in 1:23:13. Thats better than the old mark of 1:23:55 set by Katherine Danner, of Mecklenberg, last year.
Ashley Brown, of Rensselaer, was second in 1:28:38.
Adam Kuklinski, of Kew Gardens, won the mens half marathon in 1:19:56. Larry Reyes, of Rome, was second in 1:24:32.
The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, started on Main St. The single-loop course circumnavigated Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finished back at the town beach.
The marathoners had company over the second half of the course as the half marathoners started in Adirondack and raced to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later.
The marathon had 192 finishers, while the half marathon had 416 runners complete the race.
The Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival began on Sept. 15 with 5- and 10K races in Chestertown.
The winner of the 10K (6.2 miles) was Anne Hessberg, of Slingerlands, with a time of 39 minutes, 39 seconds.
Andre Wade, of Chestertown, was the top male runner and second overall in 39:40.