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Harriers overcome mud at fort race

Runners assist scholarship fund

The Chapmans of Ticonderoga won the family championship at the seventh annual Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga. From left are Malinda, Glen and Colvin Chapman.

The Chapmans of Ticonderoga won the family championship at the seventh annual Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga. From left are Malinda, Glen and Colvin Chapman.

— Nearly 100 runners tackled the mud in the seventh annual Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga Sept. 24.

Matthew Haringa of Brighton, Mass. won the 5-kilometer cross country race in 18 minutes, 39 seconds. Dustin Cossio of Santa Clara, Calif., was second in 18:57 and Bob Baniak of Troy was third in 19:16.

Teresa Cadaburri of Hoboken, N.J., topped the women’s field in 25:27. Kristin Murphy of Glens Falls was second in 26:05 and Deirdre Donohue of Ticonderoga was third in 26:18.

The featured varied terrain of grass and gravel near the shores of Lake Champlain, on the historic Fort Ticonderoga peninsula, finishing on the parade ground inside the walls of the fort. Rain before the race left harriers running through ankle-deep mud in spots.

The race benefitted the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Ticonderoga High School alumnus who has competed in cross country and/or track.

Sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners, the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship is named for a former Ti High running stalwart.

Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.

Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at RPI, where he majored in engineering and was captain of the college’s cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPI’s indoor and outdoor track teams.

He was also a member of the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps.

After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.

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