LAKEGEORGE-The inaugural Lake George Half Marathon is expected to be an athletic and economic success.
Organizers hope to attract 500 runners and thousands of dollars to the community during the event Saturday, April 23.
"Our goal is to put on a great race while showcasing the community," explained Dean Reinke, president of the Florida-based Reinke Sports Group. "Lake George fits into out program nicely."
The Lake George Half Marathon is one of about 40 races in the United States Running Association half marathon series. The races are conducted by Reinke Sports Group, a for-profit group that promotes races nationwide.
Reinke Sports Group decided to hold a race in Lake George after its president met Tanya Brand of the Warren County Tourism Department at a convention.
Brand said Warren County is becoming increasingly popular with sporting event promoters, citing the Quebec Velo bike tour last summer, the Warrior Run at West Mountain this year and others.
"We've found many sports-oriented travelers love our area," Brand said. "We're a great destination for outdoor recreation."
Arace with 500 runners will have a significant impact on the local economy, Brand said. She noted a motorcoach tour of about 50 people brings $10,000 a day to a community.
"Our goal is to promote our area as a destination to travelers," Brand said. "The larger the group the more money they bring to the community. We hope many of the runners will spend the weekend in the area, enjoy themselves and come back again."
The Lake George Half marathon is actually three races. There will be a half marathon run of 13.1 miles beginning at 8 a.m., a 3.1-mile run/walk at 8:15 a.m. and a fun run at 9:45 a.m. All events begin and end at the Fort William Henry Hotel on Canada Street.
The half marathon course will be out-and-back north on Route 9N.