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Marathoners circle Schroon Lake

Adirondack Distance Festival held

Schroon Lake Central School runners completing the Adirondack Half marathon were, from left,  Dan Maisonville, Levi Williams and Caleb Maisonville.

Schroon Lake Central School runners completing the Adirondack Half marathon were, from left, Dan Maisonville, Levi Williams and Caleb Maisonville.

— Paul Allison and Jocelyn Leavitt raced to victories in the Adirondack Marathon Sept. 25.

Allison, a North Creek runner, covered the 26.2 miles around Schroon Lake in 2 hours, 41 minutes, 54 seconds to win the men’s title. Stanley Larkin of Saint Basile le Grand, Quebec, was second in 2:57:17.

Leavitt, from New York City, won the women’s crown in 3:03:24. Virginie Rebeuh-Poritzky of Greenfield Center was second in 3:17:25.

Jeremy Shortsleeve of South Burlington, Vt., won the handcycle race in 1:44:47.

The marathon course records are held by David Herr of Canaan, Vt., and Simone Stoeppler of Germany. Herr ran 2 hours, 35 minutes, 38 seconds in 2009, while Stoeppler ran 3:04:08 in 2004.

The hand cyclist record belongs to Bill Schwarz, who rolled to a 1:45:32 mark in 2008.

The marathon had 251 runners finish.

Tim Murphy of Ronkonhoma won the men’s half marathon, touring the 13.1 miles in 1:15:33. John Enholt of Granville was second in 1:24:47.

Ashley Gorr of Albany won the women’s race in 1:22:17. Amy Farrell of Tupper Lake was second in 1:27:06.

The half marathon records belong to Eric Blake, who ran 1:10:43 in 2004, and Annette Acuff, who was clocked in 1:23:13 in 2007.

The half marathon had 499 finishers.

The marathon and half marathon are part of the Adirondack Distance Festival. The distance festival also included 5 and 10-kilometer road races in Chestertown Sept. 24.

About 1,000 runners took part in the two-day event.

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.

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