The 21st annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival offers the small-town charm of this mountain town community with races and activities for the entire family. Hosted in Schroon Lake, NY, the Marathon, Half-Marathon and 2 & 4 Person Relay follow the shores of this 9-mile long, crystal clear lake, along two-lane country roads through the Adirondack Forest Preserve as the green leaves give way to fall’s vibrant colors. The course has a few challenging climbs in the first half of the marathon, but runners will be rewarded with a flat and fast stretch along the lake and million-dollar views of the Adirondack high peaks to the north: It’s probably the most beautiful 26.2 miles you’ll ever run. For those who prefer shorter challenges, visit neighboring Chestertown on Saturday morning to tackle our 5K and 10K races, or sign your youngsters up for our 1K Kids Run at 2pm Saturday in the Town of Schroon.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Marathon starts at 9 am Marathon Early Bird start 7 am in Schroon Lake. (The Early Bird Start is non-competitive and participants will receive a recorded time and finisher’s medal, but will not be eligible for awards). The race runs around picturesque Schroon Lake.
Half Marathon starts at 10 am, at the 13.1-mile marker of the full-marathon course. Complimentary bus transportation to the Half Marathon start line is included in your registration.
Relays start 9 am in the town of Schroon at the Marathon start line. Complimentary transportation to exchange areas is included in your registration.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
5-K and 10-K Race Details: Start: 9:30 am at the Town Hall, 6307 State Route 9, Chestertown, NY. Course: Both races are run on paved streets through the heart of the village.
1-K Children’s Fun Run: Start: 2 pm at the Adirondack Marathon finish line in Schroon Lake. Course: The children’s race makes a loop through the scenic town of Schroon Lake, starting and ending at the Adirondack Marathon finish line.
Ages: For runners ages 4-12. Awards: All runners receive a free t-shirt and finisher’s medal.
Registration: Online registration closes Friday, Sept. 22 at 12 noon. If you’re the type that waits until the last possible minute, you can register in person (space permitting) for the marathon, half-marathon, and relay races at the Race Expo on Saturday (until 4 pm). For the 5-K and 10-K races Saturday in Chestertown, you can register in person at the Town Hall, 6307 State Route 9, Chestertown, NY Friday from 7 pm – 9 pm or race morning (7 am - 8:30 am).
Race Expo: Open to the public! Featuring running retailers, clubs, events, and health and fitness specialists. Location: Schroon Lake Central School,1125 US Route 9, Schroon Lake, NY
Saturday, Sept. 23 – 10 am to 5 pm.
Sunday, Sept. 24 - 6:45 am to 8:15 am.
Packet Pickup: All runners are strongly encouraged to pick up their race bib numbers and packets at Saturday’s Race Expo. Can’t make it? Bibs will be available on Sunday morning at the Schroon Lake Central School (6:45 am - 8:15 am). In any case, all runners must pick up their own packet and show photo ID. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Pasta Dinner: The pasta dinner will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm Saturday, September 23 at the Word of Life Inn in Schroon Lake. The Inn is located on Route 9, just south of the village. Tickets are $15.00 each and children under 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased on your registration form. Additional tickets may be purchased at packet pickup on September 23 or at the door, subject to availability.
Race Day Transportation: On race day, there will be rolling road closures to ensure the safety of all runners. Familiarize yourself with the roadways affected now, to ensure a smooth journey. Likewise, know where you can park in town. Here’s a PDF map of the village that shows the best places to park. There is NO parking on Leland Avenue or along Route 9 south of Leland Ave.
Free registration for active duty, military, guard and reserve. Sign up early as there is Limited Space Available. Military registration will open by Feb. 16th, sign up on our website. (Your CAC card required to pick-up your packet).
The Northeast’s Best Half-Marathon: The Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival’s Half-Marathon was voted the top 13.1-mile race in the northeast region by readers of competitor.com and its social media followers.
The members of USATF Adirondack have selected the Half Marathon for their official race series the 2017 USATF Adirondack Grand Prix presented by Fleet Feet Sports Albany/Malta.
Flip Key by Tripadvisor named the Adirondack Marathon in their "50 States Series: Top Marathons & Races Worth Traveling For"
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