NORTH CREEK - Runners from across the region will gather in North Creek Saturday, Aug. 7 for the ninth annual Race the Train to benefit Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars.
Since its inception, Race the Train has drawn hundreds of runners and their families to the village of North Creek for an 8.4 mile run along the route of the Upper Hudson River Railroad train from Riparius to the North Creek station.
Registration is taking place on-line at www.active.com and www.adirondackrunners.com until Aug. 4. Advance registration is recommended, but will continue on race day.
"It is never to late to register for Race the Train," said co-director Ann Arsenault. "We want everyone with interest in running to have a chance."
A registration party will be hosted at the North Creek station Aug. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and registration will also be available before the race from 7 to 7:45 a.m., Aug. 7.
The train will depart the North Creek station at 8 a.m. to bring runners and spectators to Riparius where the train will return and the runners will follow the same route. Awards, refreshments and raffles will take place in North Creek following the race.
All are welcome to attend a pre-race pasta dinner hosted by Marsha's Restaurant on Main Street. Take-outs are available at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are required and are available at Marsha's Restaurant as well as North Creek Community Bank.
With 324 runners already entered and many expected spectators, local businesses will see a growth in business the day of the race.
"Businesses certainly benefit from the race, but the race also benefits greatly from the support of businesses," said Arsenault. "This is not just a race, but a community and family event."
A one-mile family fun run will be held on Main Street after the main race. The cost is $5 to run and children as well as adults are welcome to enter. This family attraction is what makes Race the Train so much more than just a race, according to Arsenault.
Registration is up by 45 runners from last year's race already and Arsenault is encouraged by the interest. Dollars for Scholars was able to raise $16,000 before expenses last year and used the money for scholarships for Johnsburg Central School graduates moving on to college.
More information can be found on-line at the registration Web sites or by calling 251-2602.