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Ragnar foot race returns to Adirondacks

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.

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.

— A test of endurance and speed will again return to the Adirondacks this month.

The Ragnar Relay Adirondacks will be run Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, bringing with it more than 2,000 runners to take on the 196.2-mile course that travels from Saratoga Springs and finishes at the Lake Placid Horse Show grounds.

Ragnar holds nationwide overnight running relay races that range from 180 to 200 miles, broken up into 36 transfer stations and taking at least 30 hours to complete.

Last year was the first time that Ragnar hosted an event in the Adirondacks, using it to replace their annual run in New York City and the surrounding region.

The race will begin in Saratoga Springs and consist of 36 course legs which are run by a team of runners. There will be several exchanges along the way, including major transitions where runners can rest up. One will be set up at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport from 10:30 p.m. Sept. 27 until 9:45 a.m. Sept. 28, providing hydration and first aid stations along with outdoor sleeping. Last year, runners also slept inside Floral Hall on the grounds.

Another major exchange will be at the Ticonderoga Middle School from 4:45 p.m. Sept. 27 to 5:30 a.m. Sept. 28. The exchange will include hydration and first aid stations, outdoor sleeping and an indoor hangout area. There will also be fundraising going on to help support the Ticonderoga School clubs and teams.

Lake George will host another exchange at Million Dollar Beach, which will be home to hydration and first aid stations, outdoor sleeping and concession sales. The station will be open from 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 to midnight.

Residents are welcome to stop by and see the event for themselves. Volunteers at that location will be instructed to keep teams quiet, and should any disturbance happen, they should contact Race Director Katie Seely at (801) 834-9531.

For additional information on the race, visit ragnarrelay.com/race/adirdonacks.

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