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Schroon Lake races filling up

Half marathon, marathon entries near limit

The 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is nearing capacity in two events.

The 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is nearing capacity in two events.

— The 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is nearing capacity in two events.

The Adirondack Distance Festival includes a full marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, 5-kilometer race and children’s race. The 2013 distance Festival will be Sept. 21-22. The marathon, marathon relay and half marathon will be contested Sunday, Sept. 22, with the other events Saturday, Sept. 21.

The half marathon and marathon are nearing their limit, according to Bob Singley of the event committee. He believes the interest in the two races is the result of attention in a national running publication.

Readers of “Competitor.com” have named the half marathon along Schroon Lake as the best in the Northeast.

The Boston Marathon was named the best marathon in the “Competitor.com” poll, while Lake Placid marathon was selected as the best destination race in the Northeast.

“With online readers and social media followers of www.competitor.com voting the Adirondack Half Marathon as the best half marathon in the Northeast, the race to secure a coveted entry for the Sept. 22 tour around scenic Schroon Lake is in full swing,” Singley said. “Currently, entries for all events are running well ahead of previous years and are expected to sell out soon.

“While half marathons are by far the fastest growing distance event in the United States, the full Adirondack Marathon entries are not far behind, perhaps indicating a new trend in distance running,” he continued. “The increasing popularity of various overnight relay series, is spurring interest in our shorter relay options, so now would be the time to gather your team.”

People can visit www.adirondackmarathon.org for more information and to register online.

The marathon will again offer “Pace Bears,” who will lead runners at their goal pace. “Pace Bear” groups will cross the finish line beginning at 3:30 and in 15 minute increments afterward through a 5:30 pace.

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