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13th annual Adirondack Marathon planning under way

SCHROON LAKE - The 13th annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival will be run Sept. 19 and 20.

The marathon, the premier event of the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival, will be Sunday beginning and ending in Schroon Lake.

"This exciting weekend is guided by many outstanding volunteers, several involved since its establishment in 1996," said Dan Perry, the race founder. "The AMDF has grown significantly in both events and runners. An improved Sports & Runner's Expo is directed by Daryl and Mona Caron of ADK Sports and Fitness and held on Saturday the same day as the 11th running of the exciting 5 and 10K runs in Chestertown."

The most popular event is the half marathon (13.1 miles) which has sold out since its inception in 2001. It starts one hour after the marathon in the hamlet of Adirondack at 10 a.m. with over 500 runners including Team in Training (TNT) and Team Hole in the Wall competitors.

During the past years of affiliation with AMDF and TNT has raised over $500,000 for leukemia and lymphoma cancer research.

Rounding out a full venue of distance events is the new in 2008 two-person marathon relay. This event allows each runner to complete a 13.1 run. It starts simultaneously with the marathon.

New this year is a children's 1K Fun Run in the Schroon Lake park on Saturday of race weekend at 2 p.m . This event includes a pasta dinner Saturday at Word of Life Inn from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

"You will want to spend some time in Schroon and Chestertown the third weekend in September," Perry said. "As a spectator you'll have fun while watching the amazing competitors from throughout the U.S., Canada and around the world. Come cheer the runners and listen to local school bands, Wulaba North African drumming and exciting Taiko drumming.

"Join us as a volunteer for even more fun and enjoyment," he continued. "While this event is now mature with many great volunteers, additional ones are always welcome and appreciated. The AMDF is an all volunteer non-profit organization with hundreds participating in various ways. Without whose contributions these events could not happen. Should you like to be involved year round jump in, we promise you will enjoy yourself while contributing."

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