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Runners circle Schroon Lake

Community hosts Adirondack Distance Festival

More than 900 runners took part in the annual Adirondack Distance Festival in Schroon Lake Sept. 23. The event featured a marathon, marathon relay and half marathon.

More than 900 runners took part in the annual Adirondack Distance Festival in Schroon Lake Sept. 23. The event featured a marathon, marathon relay and half marathon.

— More than 900 runners took part in the annual Adirondack Distance Festival in Schroon Lake Sept. 23.

“It was an amazing day,” said Joel Friedman, race director. “The vibe around the course was unbridled positive energy. It was exhilarating to both the runners, spectators and volunteers.

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This year’s Adirondack Marathon included Julia Khvasechko, a brain cancer survivor who volunteered as a pacer for runners in the 4:45 range.

“I can’t begin to thank all of the people that make this event happen,” he added. “But it is much more than that. It is practically the whole community coming out to support the event. The warmth runners feel from the local community is unbelievable. For most of them it is a once in a lifetime experience. So a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, team leaders, the race committee, spectators, local residents, EMS and police support, Word of Life, the BI kids, bus drivers, ham radio operators, sponsors, business community and everyone that makes this event happen.”

Stanley Larkin of Saint-basile-le-grand, Quebec, won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 53 minutes, 24 seconds, while Meg Ray of New York City claimed the women’s title in 3:18:54.

In the handcycle race, Jeremy Shortsleeve of Jericho, Vt., won the race in 1:48:44.

The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, circumnavigated Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finished back at the Schroon town beach. It had 239 finishers.

The marathoners had company over the second half of the course as 511 half marathoners toed the starting line in Adirondack and raced to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later.

Michael Brady of Brooklyn won the men’s half marathon in 1:14:22. Melanie Staley of Saratoga Springs won the women’s title in 1:27:00.

There were also marathon relays —one for two-person teams and another for four-person teams. The team of Ehntholt-Paquette won the two-person relay in 2:55:20. The team of Toelstedt, White, Cote and Cresci won the four-person relay in 3:12:45.

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