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LaPann road race slated in Hague

HAGUE - Area runners will once again honor a local legend when they lace 'em up for the Fred LaPann Memorial Road Race.

The 5-mile race is held each year in conjunction with the annual Scholarship Weekend. This year's race will be Saturday, Feb. 14.

The race will start and finish at the Hague fire house. The course is an out-and-back race on West Hague Road.

Race registration is at 8:15 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. Runners age 19 and younger can compete for free, while adult racers will pay a $7 registration fee.

The race is named for LaPann, an accomplished Hague runner who died in 2001.

"Fred LaPann was very encouraging to the young runners in our schools," said Dave Rutkowski, the retired cross country and track coach at Ticonderoga High School and a member of the LaChute Road Runners Club.

"Fred was instrumental in the establishment of the LaChute Road Runners, whose primary purpose is to promote running to the youth of our area," he said.

"He was a great role model, and was always willing to take kids to road races," Rutkowski added. "He was very challenging to the rest of us by being very fast. We measured our success by how close we were to Fred LaPann at a race. On top of all of this he was humble about his ability. Fred was, and still is, 'The Champ of Hague.'"

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