Schroon Lake to host marathon

This will be the final year for the course, which will be changed in 2010, according to Joel Friedman, race director.

The course records in the marathon belong to David Herr, who ran the race in 2 hours, 36 minutes, 55 seconds, and Simone Stoeppler, who toured the course in 3:04:08. Bill Schwarz holds the hand cyclist mark of 1:45:32.

People who wish to walk the marathon course can get started at 7 a.m. The course will remain open until 3 p.m.

The marathoners have company over the second half of the course as the half marathoners will toe the starting line in Adirondack at 10 a.m. to race to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later.

The course records in the half marathon belong to Eric Blake, who ran it in 1:10:43, and Annette Acuff, who was clocked in 1:23:13.

The Taiko drummers will be performing Sunday near the finish line.

Marathon weekend begins on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9:30 a.m. with 5 and 10-kilometer runs through the streets of Chestertown.

Beginning and ending at the Chester Municipal Center, Helpers Fund director Carl Lamm is hoping for more than 300 runners this year.

Individual racers as well as teams can register on Friday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. or Saturday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the municipal center.

Also participating will be about 500 volunteers, who will man aid stations along the courses and work the finish area.

Packet pick up for marathon and half marathon racers will be Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schroon Lake Central School. At the same time there will be a running expo as well as local craft vendors.

There will be a pasta dinner, open to runners and others, that night at 5:30 at Word of Life. Tickets are available at the expo and at the door.

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