Schroon Lake The Adirondack Marathon is growing.
Race officials have announced the addition of a four-person relay to the race, which already features a two-person relay and full marathon along with a half marathon.
“It makes the race much more accessible to people,” Joel Friedman, race director, said. “Now people will be able to participate without having to run the entire 26.2 miles. It’ll be a great addition.”
Legs in the four-person relay will be approximately 5, 8, 5 and 8 miles.
Entries will be capped at 50 teams each for the four-person and two-person relays in 2012.
“That may grow in the future, but we want to be certain everything works well this year,” Friedman said. “We want to be certain everything works smoothly before we expand any further.”
The 2012 Adirondack Marathon, half marathon and relay will be held Sunday, Sept. 23. Last year nearly 1,000 runners took part in the event, which also features 5 and 10-kilometer road races in Chestertown the day before.
The weekend is billed as the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival. It also includes a children’s kilometer run, a race expo and a pasta dinner on Saturday.
Registration for the 2012 Adirondack Marathon is now open online at www.adirondackmarathon.org
Free marathon registration is available to the first 60 active duty military, guard and reserve and free half marathon entries to the first 30 to sign up. Military are required to show their CAC card at packet pickup.
Again this year “Pace Bears” will help marathon runners reach their goal pace. “Pace Bear” groups will cross the finish line beginning at 3:30 and in 15 minute increments afterward through a 5-hour pace.
“The ‘Pace Bears’ were really popular,” Friedman said. “People really liked that.”
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.