FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
5th Annual Lake Placid Marathon Kicks Off
Lake Placid Summer Racing Season
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. --- Lake Placid's summer race season "officially" kicks
off the weekend of June 12 through 14 when 2,000 runners participate in the
fifth annual Lake Placid Marathon. Runners from over 45 states and five
countries including Canada, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands and the United
Kingdom, are set to run. The Sunday, June 14, event includes a 26.2-mile
long marathon, 13.1-mile half marathon or the 26.2-mile long marathon
In only five years, the race's field has doubled in size and the event has
quickly become one of the most popular races in the Northeast. This year's
general entry for the Lake Placid marathon, half marathon and marathon
relay was sold out on April 29.
"Runners love Lake Placid and our races are geared towards a wide range of
athletic abilities," noted co-race director Brad Konkler. "Obviously, the
July Ironman and the half-marathon event in the fall have been huge
successes, but co-race director Jeff Edwards and I thought that there was
still room for another race, especially in the early season. This race
also fills the town on what would be a quiet weekend."
The race weekend events begin Saturday, June 13, with a free kid's race on
the Olympic Speed skating oval, beginning at 2 p.m., while the Lake Placid
Film Forum's screening of "Run For Your Life" will be seen at 4 p.m. at the
Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Sunday's race begins at 8 a.m., with a
shotgun start, in front of the speed skating oval. All races end at 2:00
p.m. on Sunday.
"The weekend is about much more than the race, it provides a weekend
Adirondack experience for friends and family," added Konkler. "In addition
to this there are a number of charitable organizations who also benefit
from this race, including Team in Training (TNT), Run for Dad and the Lake
Placid Outing Club. Last year TNT and Run for Dad used the event to raise
over $400,000 for cancer research and awareness."
Once the gun sounds, thousands of runners will make their way along Main
St. and through the center of town for the first half mile. The field will
then proceed clockwise around Mirror Lake and proceed out to Route 73
before doing a 2.8 mile out and back on River Rd for the first loop. All
three races will end in the speed skating oval.
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