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Runners to traverse new bridge

Road race part of Lake Champlain Bridge celebration

Runners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of the   grand opening celebration for the new Lake Champlain Bridge. “The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run,” a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) road race, will be  held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

Runners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of the grand opening celebration for the new Lake Champlain Bridge. “The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run,” a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) road race, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

— Runners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of the grand opening celebration for the new Lake Champlain Bridge.

“The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run,” a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) road race, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

The course, which will start at the Crown Point, N.Y., State Historic Site, will traverse the bridge into Vermont, return across the bridge and run through the New York State campsite on Lake Champlain before finishing back at the historic site.

“I think runners will enjoy the course, particularly crossing the bridge,” said Nancy Ockrin, race director. “It’s a unique course.”

About 100 runners have registered to date. Race officials expect about 200 to toe the starting line.

The race is being sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners Club of Ticonderoga.

Runners can register online at active.com They can also register by mail and on the day of the race 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. at the British fort inside the historic site. Entry forms are available at the LaChute website, www.lachute.us/bridge/bridge.html Entry fee is $25.

Check-in for pre-registered runners will be 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. at the British fort inside the historic site.

First, second and third place awards will be presented in eight age classes for men and women.

For information contact Ockrin at momockrin@gmail.com or call 597-3754.

The race is part of a two-day celebration of the bridge May 19 and 20.

The grand opening was scheduled to coincide with the actual bridge completion. When the contractor couldn’t give the Lake Champlain Bridge Community a definite completion date, the grand opening was delayed. The bridge actually opened to traffic last October.

Things will get under way with an opening ceremony May 19 at 9 a.m. at Fort St. Frederick at the Crown Point, N.Y., State Historic Site. Following the ceremony there will be a “Meet & Greet” with dignitaries at the Crown Point State Historic Site Museum until 11 a.m.

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