SCHROON LAKE - A record field is expected for the Adirondack Distance Festival.
More than 1,200 runners are expected to toe the line in the half marathon, marathon and marathon relay Sunday, Sept. 26, in Schroon Lake.
"Registration is its highest ever," said Joel Friedman, race director. "The half marathon is sold out and at the rate the marathon registration is running, we very likely will sell it out as well. So we expect 500 registered runners for the marathon, over 600 when we include Team in Training (Leukemia Lymphoma Society) for the half marathon and probably 50-plus marathon relay teams."
The marathon and half marathon are part of the Adirondack Distance Festival. The distance festival also includes 5 and 10-kilometer road races in Chestertown Saturday, Sept. 25.
About 1,600 runner are expected for the two-day event.
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.
"We have runners coming from Puerto Rico and Hawaii," Friedman said. "Simone Stoeppler, who is the woman's marathon record holder, is returning from Germany. We also have runners from Belgium, several runners from the UK, many from Canada and others. I'm guessing the majority of states in the U.S. will be represented."
Also running this year will be a group of American soldiers and several West Point cadets.
"My understanding is that 57 Fort Drum soldiers will be running," Friedman said. "It looks like seven cadets from West Point are coming." Friedman said the race committee will waive the entry fee for soldiers and is seeking housing to assist them.