Course record falls at Fort Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA - Aaron Robertson raced to a course record in leading his team to victory at the fifth annual Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga Sept. 26.

Robertson, from Rouses Point, was clocked in 16 minutes, 15 seconds over the 3.1-mile cross country course at the fort.

Katy Duffy of East Poultney, Vt., won the women's race in 20:32.

The race, which raises money for the annual Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship, attracted more than 100 runners from five states and Canada. It raised more than $1,000 for the scholarship.

Robertson's team, Colonial Clockwork, took the top three places in the race to capture the overall team event. Tony Casey and Morgan Pellerin rounded out the club.

The Pretty Ponyz - Heidi teRiele Karkoski, Hannah Herbst and Markie teRiele - won the open women's team title.

The Graney Bunch - Mike Graney, Evan Graney and Mike Graney Jr. - won the family team award.

The Spirit Award went to the team of Jim Cunningham, Red McDonough and Dave Rutkowski.

This year's race held special significance because it came the day after Duane Crammond was inducted into the Ticonderoga High School Hall of Fame.

Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at RPI, where he majored in engineering and was captain of the college's cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPI's indoor and outdoor track teams.

He was also a member of the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps.

After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.

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