Ticonderoga About 3,000 runners will be in Ticonderoga this fall as part of a nearly 200-mile relay race.
Ticonderoga Middle School has been selected as an exchange point for the second annual Ragnar Adirondack Relay, which will feature more than 260 12-member teams running from Saratoga Springs to Lake Placid.
Since Ticonderoga is an exchange point, every runner in the 192.7-mile race will be here. It’s one of only six exchange points in the race.
“Each team will have two vans with six runners,” explained Katie Aston Seely, race director. “Since Ti is an exchange point, one van of runners will be completing a leg and the other van will be starting one. One group will be in Ti waiting for its team, then the other group will stay in Ti to rest and refuel.”
Ticonderoga was also an exchange point for the race last year.
“We’re happy to host the race again,” John McDonald, Ti school superintendent, said. “Last year it was all good. Everything worked very well.”
Ticonderoga Middle School will be open to runners beginning Friday, Sept. 27, at 4:45 p.m. to Saturday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 a.m. Actual hand-offs in the relay race are expected to take place between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
The race will allow several student and community groups an opportunity to make money, according to Bruce Tubbs, the Ti event coordinator.
Last year Ti Middle School students raised money for their whale watch trip by charging runners $2 for showers in the school locker rooms. The Ti High baseball team sold fruit and coffee. College For Every Student participants raised money by charging runners $1 to sleep in the school gym. There is also a pasta dinner served in the cafeteria that raises money for the school itself.
“We received many very favorable comments last year,” McDonald said. “It’s a great event.”