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Hague hosts LaPann run

HAGUE - Rick Spann of Cranberry, N.J., claimed the annual Fred LaPann Memorial Road Race Feb. 19.

The 5-mile race is held each year in conjunction with the annual Hague Winter Weekend.

Spann was clocked in 37 minutes, 21 seconds.

Brian Teague of Glens Falls was second in 38:08, followed by John Fisiter in 38:53.

Karen Costello of Hague claimed the women's title, covering the challenging course in 47:17. Candi Schermerhorn of Diamond Point was second in 54:33.

The race started and finished at the Hague fire house. The course is an out-and-back race on West Hague Road.

The race is named for LaPann, an accomplished Hague runner who died in 2001.

"Fred LaPann was very encouraging to the young runners in our schools," said Dave Rutkowski, the retired cross country and track coach at Ticonderoga High School and a member of the LaChute Road Runners Club.

"Fred was instrumental in the establishment of the LaChute Road Runners, whose primary purpose is to promote running to the youth of our area," he said.

"He was a great role model, and was always willing to take kids to road races," Rutkowski added. "He was very challenging to the rest of us by being very fast. We measured our success by how close we were to Fred LaPann at a race. On top of all of this he was humble about his ability. Fred was, and still is, 'The Champ of Hague.'"

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