Crown Point The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run looks like it may be here to stay.
Originally planned as one-time event to mark the opening of the Champlain Bridge in 2012, it was so popular a second edition was held May 18. That race attracted more than 70 athletes.
“Hopefully it will be a yearly event,” said Nancy Ockrin of Crown Point, who teamed with Dave Burrows of Castleton, Vt., to direct the run. “The weather with sunshine and 60-degree temps combined with the surrounding beauty made for a spectacular back drop.”
The race was co-sponsored by the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce and the LaChute Road Runners of Ticonderoga.
The course was changed this year. A year ago the race started on the bridge. This spring the race began at the Samuel deChamplain Lighthouse in the New York State campsite and followed a pedestrian path along the Lake Champlain shore, under the bridge, to the historic site. The race finished near the historic site museum in front of the bridge.
“We had our start at the lighthouse monument this year, then followed with a light loop within the campsite, from there under the bridge along the lake shore, and then into the historic site running around a bit and then through the British ruins and ultimately ending near the French fort,” Burrows said. “Although the bridge was not specifically crossed this year, views of it were part of the beginning, through a lot of the course, and it’s end.”
Jay Berube and his brother Jesse dominated the race. Jay, a runner at SUNY-Oneonta, won in 17 minutes, 23 seconds. Jesse, a former runner at SUNY-Geneseo, was second in 17:24. Both are Ticonderoga High School graduates.
Irene Somerville was the first woman in 20:40.
Hidden Hollow Maple Farm in Warrensburg provided first, second and third place prizes. Overall male and female winners each took home a hand-crafted wooden cutting boards from Glens Falls-based Steinberger Woodworks. Boston-based EnergyBits, Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga McDonald’s, Walmart, DB Enterprises Plumbing and Heating, Lakeside Regional Church, Queensbury Family Chiropractic and Stoney Lonesome Bed and Breakfast also supported the event.