Schroon Lake Runners from more than 30 states and 11 countries came to Schroon Lake for the 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival Sept. 21 and 22.
The event attracted 1,289 athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United States, according to Joel Friedman, race director.
The Adirondack Distance Festival included a full marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, 5-kilometer race and children’s race. The marathon, marathon relay and half marathon were contested Sunday, Sept. 22, with the other events Saturday, Sept. 21.
Chestertown hosted the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer road races Saturday. There was also a children’s kilometer fun run Saturday at the Adirondack Marathon finish line in Schroon Lake for runners ages 4-12.
The weekend also featured a race expo and packet pick at Schroon Lake Central School, a talk by Runner’s World senior editor Jeff Dengate and a pasta dinner at Word of Life Inn in Schroon Lake.
Ryan McTague of Schenectady won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes, 37 seconds. Kristin Hunt of Roanoke, Va., won the women’s race in 3:22:34.
There were 296 finishers in the marathon.
The marathon, 26 miles, 385 yards, circumnavigates Schroon Lake over challenging forest roads with lakeside views until it finished 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.”
The marathoners had company over the second half of the course as half marathoners toed the starting line in Adirondack and raced to the finish in Schroon Lake 13.1 miles later.
Robert Bragoli of Chatham, N.J., led men to the finish in the half marathon, finishing in 1:20:29. Janne Rand of Lake Placid was the top woman in 1:31:10.