Cross country race slated

TICONDEROGA - The fifth annual Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga will be contested Saturday, Sept. 26.

The event is a scenic, cross-country 5K (3.1 miles) course. It features varied terrain of grass and gravel near the shores of Lake Champlain, on the historic Fort Ticonderoga peninsula, finishing on the parade ground inside the walls of the fort.

The race will begin at 10 a.m. Race day check-in and late registration will be 8:30-9:45 a.m. Entry fee is $15, $17 on race day. T shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 registrants.

The race also includes a three-member team event.

Each runner and two spectators will receive complimentary admission to Fort Ticonderoga on race day. Fifers and drummers will hail the finishers.

For more information contact Matt Karkoski at 585-7206 evenings or Email mhski@verizon.net

Entry forms are available on line at www.lachute.us

The race will benefit the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Ticonderoga High School alumnus who has competed in cross country and/or track.

Sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners, the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship is named for a former Ti High running stalwart.

Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.

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.

In 2008 the race attracted more than 100 runners from seven states and Canada to the historic fort.

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