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Montcalm Mile to mark 25th anniversary

TICONDEROGA-The 25th annual - and perhaps final - Montcalm Mile will be raced in Ticonderoga July 4.

The LaChute Road Runners Club, which sponsors the race, has announced its plans to disband at the end of 2011. That leaves the future of the Montcalm Mile in doubt.

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 2010 Montcalm Mile. Race director Jim Cunningham hopes to top that mark this year. Cunningham has served as race director for each of the past 25 Montcalm Miles.

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 (Email jim4c4@yahoo.com).

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 the 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.

The LaChute Road Runners has sponsored running events for decades in Ticonderoga while raising money to support youth running.

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