Schroon Lake Organizers of the 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival are reaching out to runners affected by the Boston Marathon bombing this spring.
They are offering free entry into the Adirondack Marathon this fall for 50 runners who were prevented from finishing the Boston race.
“While our hearts are with Boston and all of those who were impacted, in acknowledgement of all runners everywhere who feel confused, violated and betrayed by the recent Boston Marathon bombings, the Adirondack Marathon is offering 50 Boston marathoners who were prevented from finishing their race, free entry into this year’s Adirondack Marathon,” race officials said in a prepared statement.
The Adirondack Marathon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Schroon Lake.
“If you qualify or know someone who does, visit www.adirondackmarathon.org/boston to register,” the statement said. “Be prepared to enter your Boston bib number as well as the usual entry form information. Winners will be chosen by a lottery held on or about June 10.
“While this in no way compensates for what happened in Boston, it is hoped that by participating in this friendliest of marathons, Boston entrants will have the opportunity to receive some manner of closure.”
Two terrorist bombs exploded near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon April 15, killing three people and injuring more than 200.
More than 5,600 of the 27,000 runners in the race were unable to finish because of the bombings.
The 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.