SCHROON LAKE - Athletes from around the nation and overseas will be in Schroon Lake Sept. 19 and 20 for the 13th annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival.
Past races have attracted runners from Japan, United Kingdom, Egypt, Alaska, California, Oregon and elsewhere.
Highlighting the festival on Sept. 20 will be the Adirondack Marathon, a 26.2-mile road race around Schroon Lake, which includes a two-person marathon relay.
The 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 through 12 at 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 19, the day prior to the Adirondack Marathon.
The Fun Run will begin near the Adirondack Marathon Finish Line (Leland Ave. 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 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 named elsewhere 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 and 385 yards, will start at 9 a.m. on Main St. in Schroon Lake. The course circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finishes back at the Schroon Lake town beach.
This will be the final year for the course, which will be changed in 2010, according to Joel Friedman, race director.