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.
continued More than 1,200 runners are expected to toe the line in the half marathon, marathon and marathon relay Sunday, Sept. 25, in Schroon Lake.
The marathon and half marathon are part of the Adirondack Distance Festival. The distance festival also includes 5 and 10-kilometer road races in Chestertown Saturday, Sept. 24.
About 1,600 runner are expected for the two-day event.
Past races have attracted runners from Japan, United Kingdom, Egypt, Alaska, California, Oregon and a host of other locales.
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.
The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, will start at 9 a.m. on Main Street in Schroon Lake. The single loop course circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finishes back at the Schroon Lake town beach.
There is also a two-person marathon relay that gets under way at 9 a.m.
People who wish to walk the marathon course can get started at 7 a.m. The course will remain open until 3 p.m.
For the first time, this year the marathon will offer “pace bears,” experienced runners who will help guide other competitors through the course at a specific pace.
Only two marathons in the New England Region offer pacer services to their participants.
“Pace bear” profiles are available online at www.adirondackmarathon.org
“Pace bears” are available beginning at the 3:30 finishing goal and in 15 minute increments all the way through the 4:45 pace.
“Their experiences and interests are varied and you will be assured of many interesting conversations along the way,” said Bob Singley of the marathon committee. “There is no registration necessary. You may join your preferred bear at the start –each will be carrying a finish time sign—or along the way. If you have been too optimistic and discover you are unable to keep up with your preferred bear, you may drop down to a more relaxed bear. Or if you are tired of going alone, you are welcome to join a group at any time.”