Schroon Lake A cancer patient will be among the runners in the Adirondack Distance Festival this weekend in Schroon Lake.
Noirin Lucas of New York City will toe the starting line for the half marathon Sunday.
Lucas ran the race last fall to celebrate her victory over the breast cancer, which doctors had told her was in remission.
“Last fall a runner friend suggested I try a race — the Adirondack Half-Marathon,” Lucas wrote in the July issue of Runner’s World magazine. “He thought it would be a good first long race because it has a small field. In all my years of running, I had never needed the goal of a race to get out and moving. thought that starting-line tension and finishline prints were overrated, and really don't like crowds. But I had been trying to do something adventurous every summer since I had finished chemo two years earlier, and this fit the bill.
“It turned out to be exhilarating,” she wrote. “We ran around Schroon Lake, ending at a beach. Loved the people I met along the hilly course, the scenery, the massage and dip in the lake at the end, and being able to say I'd run 13.1 miles. Plus, I got a big kick out of the announcer saying, ‘And all the way from New York City, Noirin Lucas,’ as I crossed the finish line in 2:04.”
Lucas’ excited was short-lived.
“At the end of December, I learned that my breast cancer had probably metasta-sized,” she wrote. “The shock was particularly intense because I’d seen my oncologist just three months before and there had been no warning signs. From the high of feeling as fit as I ever had at the beginning of the month, I’d been handed a death sentence.”
But Lucas has not let her illness place her on the sidelines. She will be running in Schroon Lake this weekend.