Schroon Lake Central School runners completing the Adirondack Half Marathon last fall were, from left, Dan Maisonville, Levi Williams and Caleb Maisonville.
continued The marathon starts on Main Street in Schroon Lake. The single loop course circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finishes back at the Schroon Lake town beach.
The marathoners have company over the second half of the course as the half marathoners start in Adirondack and race to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later.
The Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival is designed to raise money for college scholarships and the Helpers Fund, a Chestertown group that assists people and families in need, Friedman said. It also promotes the region and boosts the local economy.
The addition of the four-person relay will help the event grow, he said.
“Our goal is to raise more money to, in turn, give away more money as well as serve our region and community,” Friedman said.
The marathon group now awards four $2,000 scholarships each year to students from the Schroon Lake and North Warren school districts.
Also helping grow the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival is the participation of charity runners.
In 2012 Team In Training, which has runners collect pledges for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raised nearly $55,000 during the Adirondack Marathon.
Friedman hopes the race can also attract participants from Team Hole in Wall, which raises money for the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne that serves children with life-threatening illnesses, and Team MS, which raises money for multiple sclerosis research and support.
Friedman noted volunteers are always welcome to assist with the event. Interested people can Email firstname.lastname@example.org