Schroon Lake With the Boston Marathon bombing fresh in their minds, a pair of Beantown distance runners will join pacers at this fall’s Adirondack Marathon.
David King of Boston and Scott Reiss of New Haven, Vt., were both finished with Boston race before the explosions last April, but they’ll never forget the race and its aftermath.
Both will run the Adirondack Marathon, which begins and ends in Schroon Lake Sept. 22, as “pace bears,” helping other runners reach their goal times. They will lead the 3 hour, 30 minute group.
King, a trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General, had finished Boston Marathon before being called on to treat bombing victims. An Army reservist with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he worked 48 straight hours tending to the wounded.
“I am currently training for IronMan New Zealand,” King said. “I am excited to be part of the ‘Bear Pace’ team and have the opportunity to motivate a group through this race.”
Reiss ran his first-ever road race at the 2006 Adirondack Half Marathon in 2006.
“The natural beauty of this course, the organization of the event and the outpouring of support from the locals is what keeps me coming back for this race,” Reiss said of the Schroon Lake race.
Reiss has a marathon PR of 2:59 and has qualified for the Boston Marathon the last nine years. It’s the 2013 Boston Marathon that he’ll always remember, though.
“My wife had been standing on a sidewalk not far from the tragedy and I, of course, had passed the finish line in front of supporters that would soon have their lives changed forevermore,” Reiss said.
The pacers, experienced marathoners, will lead groups with goal times in 15-minute intervals up to 5 hours, 30 minutes.
“The loneliness of the long distance runner notwithstanding, participating in a race is ultimately a group activity, and ‘Pace Bears’ are eager to guide runners on their 26.2 mile journey around Schroon Lake,” said Laura Clark, who is helping publicize the Adirondack Marathon. “Primarily, bears enable their runners to concentrate on their form, hydration and nutrition by taking care of minutes per mile concerns. In addition to their ‘leave the driving to us’ function, pacers encourage, support, impart wisdom and entertain – all to help the miles pass faster.”