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Ticonderoga alumni claim cross country race

Footrace at the Falls aids Crammond Fund

A pair of former Ticonderoga High School runners claimed victory in the Footrace at the Falls Sept. 22. Jesse Berube won the 3.1-mile cross country men’s race in a time of 17 minutes, 1 second, while Connie Belkevich captured the women’s event in 25:24.

A pair of former Ticonderoga High School runners claimed victory in the Footrace at the Falls Sept. 22. Jesse Berube won the 3.1-mile cross country men’s race in a time of 17 minutes, 1 second, while Connie Belkevich captured the women’s event in 25:24.

— A pair of former Ticonderoga High School runners claimed victory in the Footrace at the Falls Sept. 22.

Jesse Berube won the 3.1-mile cross country men’s race in a time of 17 minutes, 1 second, while Connie Belkevich captured the women’s event in 25:24.

The event, sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners Club, replaced the Footrace at Fort Ticonderoga. The race was moved to downtown Ti this fall after seven years at the fort.

The past seven years proceeds from the race were used to fund the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship. That $1,000 annual scholarship is now fully funded and will continue to be awarded. Proceeds from future races will be used to finance team competitions, equipment, transportation and other needs associated with the local school running program.

 Sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners, the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship and the new Duane Crammond Memorial Fund are named for a former Ti High running stalwart.

Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.

Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at RPI, where he majored in engineering and was captain of the college’s cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPI’s indoor and outdoor track teams.

After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.

Results include:

1, Jesse Berube, Putnam, 17:01; 2, Pete Warrington, Cambridge, Mass., 19:15; 3, Bob Baniak, Troy, 20:07; 4, Rosario Gallo, Ticonderoga, 20:31; 5, Matt Karkoski, Ticonderoga, 20:46; 6, Jeff Greer, 21:03; 7, Jason Farbman, Washington, D.C., 21:43; 8, Josh Shuster, New Lebanon, 22:05; 9, Michael Quinn, Mount Vernon, 22:54; 10, Will McGivney, Diamond Point, 23:01;

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