Runners complete Schroon Lake race

SCHROON LAKE - A former Olympic trails qualifier led the way in the 14th annual Adirondack Marathon.

Michael Slinskey of Hopewell Junction toured the 26.2-mile course around Schroon Lake in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 47 seconds Sept. 26.

Paul Allison of North Creek was second in 2:40:54.

Lindsey Pierret of Manchester, Conn., won the women's division in 3:07:56. She was seventh overall.

Simone Stoeppler of Germany, who set the course record of 3:04:08 in 1997, was a distant second in 3:24:02.

In the handcycle event, Jeremy Shortsleeve set a record of 1:42:48. The old mark belonged to Bill Schwarz, who posted a 1:45:32 in 2008.

The marathon had 274 finishers, including a contingent from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and troops from Fort Drum in Watertown.

Thomas Regan of Severance won the accompanying half marathon. He covered the 13.1 miles in 1:20:08.

Sonya Pasquini of Albany was the top woman to finish in 1:32:46. She was ninth overall.

The half marathon had 526 finishers.

"It was an amazing day," said Joel Friedman, race director. "Mother nature gave us just about the most perfect day for running anyone could ask for. There was a great turnout from Fort Drum and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. I understand Team in Training runners raised over $50,000 for cancer research at this year's Adirondack Marathon."

"I have never heard runners speak so positively about the race and the positive impression of our community and region," Friedman added. "Of course, the Adirondack Marathon wouldn't be a success without the huge support we receive from the community."

The marathon and half marathon are part of the Adirondack Distance Festival. The distance festival also included 5- and 10-kilometer road races in Chestertown Sept. 25.

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.

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