continued Runners do not need to sign up in advance or pay a fee for pacing services. They can join a pace group at the starting line. Pacer biographies and information are available online at www.adirondackmarathon.org
“You will feel welcomed and encouraged by all the support that is gladly offered,” Clark said. “Assemble at the start line, select the bear hoisting the appropriate sign and exchange pleasantries. Along the way if you are not having quite the day you had originally envisioned, feel free to drop down to a slower group. If you are freelancing it, you are welcome to pick up a group or two along the way to give yourself a mental break.”
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.
Readers of “Competitor.com” have named the half marathon along Schroon Lake as the best in the Northeast.
The marathon course is a Boston qualifier, USATF certified course and is billed as “probably the most beautiful 26 miles and 385 yards you will ever run.”
To register or for more information visit www.adirondackmarathon.org.
More than 900 runners took part in the 2012 Adirondack Distance Festival Sept. 23.
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, circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finishes 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.