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Soldiers to run marathon

For more information people can Email info@adirondackmarathon.org or go online at www.adirondackmarathon.org

Past races have attracted runners from Japan, United Kingdom, Egypt, Alaska, California, Oregon and a host of other locales.

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, 26 miles, 385 yards, will start at 9 a.m. 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.

There is also a two-person marathon relay that gets under way at 9 a.m.

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.

Marathon weekend begins on Saturday, Sept. 25, 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. 24, 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.

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