Ticonderoga There was little suspense at the annual Footrace at the Falls in Ticonderoga.
Chris Shaw of Delmar led wire to wire in winning the 5-kilometer cross country race in Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park. He was clocked in 18 minutes, 53 seconds.
Joshua Cook of Putnam was second in 19:42 with Matt Karkoski of Ticonderoga third in 20:18.
Patricia Butcher of Hawthorne, N.J., claimed the women’s race in a time of 23:49.
Deidre Donohue was second in 26:10 and Karen Schrawder of Kempton, Pa., was third in 27:27.
This is the second year the event, sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners Club, was held in downtown Ti. It was run seven years at Fort Ticonderoga.
Race proceeds benefit the Duane Crammond Memorial Fund. The fund helps support the Ticonderoga High School cross country and track teams as well as youth running programs in the community.
During its first seven years proceeds from the race were used to fund the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship. That $1,000 annual scholarship is now fully funded and will continue to be awarded.
The Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship and the Duane Crammond Memorial Fund are named for a former Ti High running stalwart.
Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.
Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at RPI, where he majored in engineering and was captain of the college’s cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPI’s indoor and outdoor track teams.
After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.