Schroon Lake Runners in this fall’s Adirondack Distance Festival will have an opportunity to help local charities while saving money for themselves.
“Racing for Good” will be a part of this fall’s event. The program gives runners free entry into a race if they raise money for charity. Runners can register for the program online at http://www.crowdrise.com/AdirondackMarathon2014
Runners who raise at least $399 for a local organization will have their race registration fee returned.
“The goal of ‘Racing for Good’ is to raise enough funds to make a big impact on organizations that serve individuals and families who face catastrophic circumstances,” Joel Friedman, Adirondack Distance Festival director, said.
Runners from more than 30 states and 11 countries came to Schroon Lake for the 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival in 2013. The event attracted 1,289 athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United States, according to Friedman.
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 2014 marathon, marathon relay and half marathon will be contested Sunday, Sept. 28, with the other events Saturday, Sept. 27.
“Racing for Good” will assist several local organizations, Friedman said, including:
— local volunteer ambulance services;
— the Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP), which provides programs that help individuals and families including after school programs, aging services, child care, employment and training, Head Start/Early Head Start and weatherization;
— The Helpers Fund, which assists individuals and families facing catastrophic circumstances in their lives;
— the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which provides food to local food pantries and organizations. The School BackPack Program in partnership with the food bank is designed to meet the needs of hungry children with nutritious food over the weekends during the school year;