SCHROON LAKE - Athletes from around the country - around the world - will be in Schroon Lake Sept. 19-20 for the 13th annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival.
Past races have attracted runners from Japan, United Kingdom, Egypt, Alaska, California, Oregon and a host of other locales.
Highlighting the festival will be the Adirondack Marathon, a 26.2-mile road race around Schroon Lake, Sept. 20. It includes a two-person marathon relay.
The distance festival also includes a half marathon in Schroon Lake on Sunday, Sept. 20, and a 5 and 10-kilometer road races in Chestertown Saturday, Sept. 19.
New this year will be a 1K Children's Fun Run for ages 4 - 12 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, the day prior to the Adirondack Marathon.
The Fun Run will begin near the Adirondack Marathon Finish Line (Leland Avenue in Schroon Lake) and will end by crossing the actual Adirondack Marathon Finish Line.
The entrance fee is $10 that will include a T- shirt and medal for each runner. There is on-line registration at http://www.adirondackmarathon.org
The half marathon is closed with a field of 400 runners, while about 300 runners are expected in the full marathon.
The marathon has been recommended by Runner's World magazine as one of "Eight Great Events to Kick Off the Fall Racing Season." The race was also listed in the book From Fairbanks to Boston, 50 Great U.S. Marathons as one of the top 50 races in the country. Prevention Magazine listed the Schroon race as one of the best "walker-friendly" events in the country.
The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, will start at 9 a.m. on Main Street in Schroon Lake. The single loop course circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finishes back at the Schroon Lake town beach.