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Adirondack Distance Festival returns

Marathon, half marathon to finish in Schroon Lake

The 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is expected to bring more than 1,000 runners to the Schroon Lake area. 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 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is expected to bring more than 1,000 runners to the Schroon Lake area. 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 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is expected to bring more than 1,000 runners to the Schroon Lake area.

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.

Chestertown will host 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer road races Saturday. Both races will start at 9:30 a.m. at the town hall on Route 9.

Race information is available online at http://helpersfund.org/races.htm

Packet pick up for the races will be at the Municipal Center on Route 9 in Chestertown on Friday night, Sept. 20, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday morning, Sept. 21, from 7-8:30 a.m.

There will also be a children’s kilometer fun run Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Adirondack Marathon finish line in Schroon Lake for runners ages 4-12. All runners will receive a free T shirt and finisher’s medal. Entry fee is $10.

Runners in the marathon, half marathon and relay races can prep for their event Saturday with a race expo and packet pick up 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schroon Lake Central School, a talk by Runner’s World senior editor Jeff Dengate at 3 p.m. and a pasta dinner 5 to 6:45 p.m.

Dengate, who has family in Schroon Lake, will speak during the race expo at the school. He specializes in analyzing running shoes, apparel and gear.

The pasta dinner will be served at Word of Life Inn in Schroon Lake. Tickets are $15 each. Children age 5 and younger are free.

The Adirondack Marathon will begin in downtown Schroon Lake Sunday with the handcyclists at 8:50 a.m. and runners at 9 a.m.

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. 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.”

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