If you live in upstate New York, home of the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival I know its hard to even think about marathon training. Old Man Winter continues to deliver that white stuff we call snow, but the reality is that training for your fall races needs to begin fairly soon if you want to hit your time goals. So, if you’re thinking about a marathon or half marathon in the fall, registration is open to make that commitment for the weekend of September 23rd and 24th in Schroon Lake, NY.

Race categories haven’t changed from last year, the headliner being the Adirondack Marathon, 26.2 miles around scenic Schroon Lake. All of the usual amenities will be there, Pace Bears to lead you to your time goals, an Early Bird start for the Marathon Maniacs or those that need more then five and a half hours to finish, well stocked water stations with lots of volunteers to cheer you on, and that gorgeous beach at the finish to unwind and soak those tired legs in the waters of Schroon Lake.

Our award-winning Half Marathon begins at the 13.1-mile mark of the Adirondack Marathon course and finishes with the same beach finish. For the second year in a row the United States of America Track & Field Adirondack Region has chosen this half marathon as part of their Grand Prix series. The enthusiasm and support from 500 college students cheering you on at the five-mile mark in your run will stay with you all the way to the finish.

We say we have an event for everyone. Want to be part of a team run, then enter the 2 Person or 4 Person Marathon Relay. The 4 person relay legs vary from 4.4 miles to 8.7 miles. Relay awards are given for female, male and mixed teams. But, if you’re just looking for a nice 5k or 10k we have that for you on Saturday, September 23rd. And we haven’t forgotten about the children, the Kids Fun Run is at 2:00 PM on Saturday in Schroon Lake.

To register for any of the events or for more information go to www.adirondackmarathon.org. Registration fees will increase on May 1st so register now and don’t worry about the price increase.

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