Montcalm Mile to precede Ti parade

TICONDEROGA - The 24th annual Montcalm Mile will race through the streets of Ticonderoga July 4th.

One of the fastest, most-competitive road races in the North Country, the foot race will be held prior to the traditional Independence Day parade.

The Montcalm Mile will start at 1:45 p.m. in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.

A record field of more than 200 runners competed in the 2009 Montcalm Mile. Race director Jim Cunningham hopes to top that mark this year.

It's a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region's top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga's annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.

Registration starts at 1 p.m. at Wicker Ford. For entry information contact Cunningham, 26 Amherst Ave., Ticonderoga (phone 585-7291, Email jim@designden.us).

Race information can also be found online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website - www.lachute.us

Entry fee is $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 16.

Awards will be presented to all finishers. Age group results will be posted on web site. www.lachute.us

The male course record is held by Rick Bush who ran the mile in 4 minutes, 3 seconds. The women's record is held by Dana Ostrander Bush in 4:41.

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