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Montcalm Mile to precede Ticonderoga parade

26th annual race July 4th

Lee Gabler heads to the finish in the the 2011 Montcalm Mile. Gabler was clocked in 4 minutes, 15 seconds. This July 4th will mark the 26th annual Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga.

Lee Gabler heads to the finish in the the 2011 Montcalm Mile. Gabler was clocked in 4 minutes, 15 seconds. This July 4th will mark the 26th annual Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The 26th annual Montcalm Mile will be raced in Ticonderoga July 4.

One of the fastest, most-competitive road races in the North Country, the foot race will be held prior to the traditional Independence Day parade.

The Montcalm Mile will start at 1:45 p.m. in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.

A record field of more than 200 runners competed in the 2011 Montcalm Mile.

It’s a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region’s top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga’s annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.

Registration starts at 1 p.m. at Wicker Ford. For entry information contact Jay Wells, race director, at 90 The Portage, Ticonderoga 12883 or by Email at jaywells@yahoo.com. Race information can also be found online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website — www.lachute.us

Race information is also available online at www.best4thinthenorth.com and from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Entry fee is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 16.

Awards will be presented to all finishers. Age group results will be posted on the web site. www.lachute.us

Last summer Lee Berube raced to victory, setting a new men’s course record of 4 minutes, 1 second. The women’s record is held by Dana Ostrander Bush in 4:41.

Berube, a Ticonderoga High School graduate, used the Montcalm Mile as a springboard to an outstanding senior season at SUNY-Geneseo. Berube finished second in the NCAA Division III cross country championship race last fall en route to earning All-America honors in cross country and track.

The LaChute Road Runners has sponsored running events for decades in Ticonderoga while raising money to support youth running. The LaChute Road Runners has financed trips for the Ticonderoga High School cross country and track teams, purchased equipment for the scholastic harriers, provided monetary assistance to teens attending camps and awarded the annual Crammond scholarship.

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