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Course record falls in marathon

SCHROON LAKE - Dave Herr owns the Adirondack Marathon.

The Canaan, Vt., runner won the race for the third straight year Sept. 20, breaking his own course record.

Herr was clocked in 2 hours, 35 minutes, 38 seconds for the 26 miles, 385 yards. His old record, set in 2007, was 2:36:55.

Along the way around Schroon Lake, he demolished the field. He won by more than 23 minutes - nearly a minute a mile.

Blaise Brouchard of New York City was second in 2:25:48.

Lisa Schaffer of Hanover, Pa., won the women's race in 3:26:24.

Glen Ashlock of Brooklyn, Mich., won the hand-cycle race in 1:51:47.

The 13th annual marathon started 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.

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

The event also included a half marathon over the second half of the full marathon course and a two-runner marathon relay.

Francois Morin of L'Assomption, Quebec, won the half marathon in a time of 1:25:50. Andrew Lacourciere of Essex Vt., was second in 1:30:28.

Nancy Briskie of Schenectady won the women's race in 1:31:29.

In the marathon relay, Chadwick Shepard and Kevin Downing of Williston, Vt., won in 2:52:22.

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 had 211 finishers, while the half marathon saw 431 runners cross the finish line.

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