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Marathon weekend

Lake Placid ready for Sunday’s marathon, half

June 8, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The first major sporting event of the summer season in this village kicks off this weekend when the 13th annual Lake Placid Marathon and Half expects to draw upwards of 1,500 runners and walkers here for the 13.1- and 26.2-mile races Sunday, June 11.

In addition, a free Kids Fun Run starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at the Olympic Oval, with registration from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.

Athlete check-in and packet pickup is from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lake Placid Conference Center.

Article Photos

Runners make their way up Main Street during the 2016 Lake Placid Marathon and Half
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

Sunday's race begins at 8 a.m. on Main Street in front of the Olympic Oval. The 13.1-mile course goes around Mirror Lake to Parkside Drive, state Route 73, River Road and back to the Oval by way of Mill Pond Drive and McLenathan Avenue, finishing at the Oval. Marathoners need to complete one extra loop from Mill Pond Drive to the end of River Road and back before heading to the Oval.

The cut-off time is 2 p.m. Awards will be available as soon as possible, but there will not be a grand ceremony.

In conjunction with the newly stated goals of the race, an "animal charity" along with a "people charity" will be the beneficiary of a $2 surcharge in registration fees. One dollar from each athlete's fee will be donated to STOP Domestic Violence to assist their mission to provide direct services to survivors of domestic abuse and crime victims in the region.

Since 2005, the Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon has been the go-to road race for locals and visitors alike. Designed to provide a running experience similar to the Ironman Lake Placid event, thousands of athletes every year flock to the area to train.

The timing in early June, the great opportunities for cross-event training as well as the beauty of the area bring athletes, families, spectators and others back year after year.

This year, for the first time in the event's history, it will serve as a Boston Marathon qualifying event.

This is also the first year Lake Placid resident Greg Borzilleri is operating the Lake Placid Marathon and Half; he purchased the event from business partners Jeff Edwards and Brad Konkler in the fall of 2016. Borzilleri is also race director of the annual Ironman Lake Placid triathlon and owner of Mirror Lake Boat Rental.

Since acquiring the Lake Placid Marathon and Half, Borzilleri has secured a number of sponsors for the event. Most recently, he announced that Long Run Wealth Advisors has joined as a sponsoring partner.

"Long Run Wealth Advisors is excited to join the premier marathon event in Lake Placid," Long Run partner and Raymond James Financial Advisor Charlie Cowan said in a press release. "We recognize the value that Lake Placid Marathon brings to the race calendar and the region, and we are happy to establish a lasting relationship with the athletes, spectators, family and friends coming to town next month."

"We are experiencing our own 'runner's high' as a result of Long Run coming on," Borzilleri said in the release. "The firm's mission - to help people achieve their long-term financial goals - meshes perfectly with our race as we help people achieve their athletic goals."

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Race day traffic and detour information

-Main Street: Closed between Lake Placid Club Drive (Central Garage Mobil) and Mirror Lake Drive (High Peaks Resort) from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

-Mirror Lake Drive (between Main Street and Harbor Lane): Closed from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

-Mirror Lake Drive/Lake Placid Club Drive: Closed from Parkside Drive to Northwood Road from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Construction may affect road surface. Runners be aware.

-Parkside Drive: Closed from Lake Placid Club Drive to the Main Street/Morningside Drive intersection from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

-Route 73/Route 86 Intersection at Mill Hill: Expect delays from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

-Route 73/Sentinel Road/Cascade Road: Southbound lane closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the Mill Pond Drive intersection and Old Military Road intersection. Northbound lane open (use caution) to local traffic with minor delays expected at Old Military Road intersection. Businesses on Mill Hill (Subway) can be accessed from the Main Street direction throughout the event.

-Mill Pond Drive: Closed between Sentinel Road and McLenathan Avenue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local traffic only between Wesvalley Road and McLenathan Avenue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-McLenathan Avenue/School Street: Open to local traffic only; please use caution.

-River Road: Open to local traffic only; please use caution.


Alternate routes (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

-For northbound through traffic on Route 73 entering Lake Placid: Head west on Old Military Road at the ski jumps. Follow Old Military Road to firehouse and make a right on River Street. Make a left on Wesvalley Road and right onto Cummins Road to arrive at Main Street.

-For southbound traffic leaving Lake Placid on Route 73: Make right off Main Street at Cummins Road and left at Wesvalley Road. Make a right onto River Street and left onto Old Military Road at the firehouse. Old Military Road intersects Route 73 at the ski jumps.

Two-way vehicle traffic will continue throughout the event at the ski jump bridge on Route 73 with Old Military Road accessible in both directions. Runners will be confined to the shoulder on Route 73 between the North Elba Show Grounds and River Road.

Runners will proceed clockwise around Mirror Lake Drive on the inside lane from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Vehicles will be allowed around Mirror Lake Drive from Northwood Road to Harbor Lane during this period.



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