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13th running of the Great Adirondack Trail Run

June 13, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

KEENE VALLEY - The 13th annual Great Adirondack Trail Run took place under clear skies and a blazing sun, leading plenty of runners to take a dip in Johns Brook after completing the run.

The event, which is put on by The Mountaineer gear store in Keene Valley as a fundraiser for the Boquet and AuSable river associations, offered two tough options for those willing to compete: an 11.5-mile run which took runners up and over Hopkins Mountain, and a shorter but still grueling 3.5-mile run.

The overall winner of the longer race was Bryce Murdick, a 20-year-old who finished with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes and 53 seconds. Due to his age, Murdick had to forgo the traditional drinking of beer from the golden shoe, but was still thrilled with his first-place finish.

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Janey McClelland celebrates her three-way tie for first place in the women’s division of the Great Adirondack Trail Run on Saturday in Keene Valley as race director Jan Welland looks on. The 13th annual race was put on by the Mountaineer gear store to raise money for the Boquet and AuSable river associations.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

Sophie McClelland, Janey McClelland and Julianne Stemp ran together and were the first women to cross the finish line. They came in at 2:24:24.

Mountaineer owner Vinny McClelland said the race started as a way to have fun and enjoy the woods, and says they have kept that feeling over the years.

"When we originally thought this up, it was about having a celebration of spring and exercise and drinking beer and listening to good music and supporting the river associations," McClelland said. "We've never really strayed from that.

"It's also an unusual event, there are not a lot of trail runs like this. There are a lot of flatter trail runs, this one has a significant amount of elevation gain, so I think people really like the challenge."

In addition to being a favorite trail run, the event is also a fundraiser sponsored by Patagonia gear and clothing company. McClelland said Patagonia makes direct contributions to the two river associations. The river groups also raise money by selling food and beverages at the post-race party.

Drew Hass, who works at The Mountaineer and placed 18th overall, said this was his fourth time doing the long run.

"This is my fourth year, but I work at the shop. So the first two times I ran, it was before I worked at the shop. So I'm kind of on my extended lunch break," he laughed.

"It's a hard course. It's super rugged, it's hard to get into any sort of consistent rhythm," he said. "That's not my ideal style of running. My ideal style of running is cruising through the woods, kind of zoning out and doing a lot of miles.

"Technical power running like that is my nemesis, so I never come away from (the race) being like 'I nailed it.'"

Local boys dominated the teen men division, with Karl Schulz (1:55:07) and Kai Frantz (2:07:14) of Lake Placid taking first and second, followed by Keene athlete Joseph Wilson (2:12:55) in third. Wilson skis for the Lake Placid nordic team in the winter, but runs track and field for the combined EKMU team in the spring.

Lura Johnson (2:39:38) won the teen women's division, while Tim Ela (1:56:51) captured the men's 20s division and Savannah Woods (2:51:08) won the women's 20s. For runners in their 30s, Phil Maynard (1:53:52) captured the men's division while placing fourth overall, and Jenn Donahue (2:30:43) won the women's division.

Brian Robinson (1:54:13) was the fastest man in the 40s division, and placed fifth overall. Becky Johnson (2:41:34) won the women's division in that age group, while Laura Nardelli (2:40:14) and Bill Hoffman (2:12:21) each won the 50s age group. Robbie Barnett (2:34:05) captured the men's 60s age group.

In the shorter run, locals also had strong showings. Saranac Lake cross country coach Joe Merrihew (22:52) placed second overall behind 15-year-old Noah El Rimawi-Fine (25:40). The overall women's race was totally dominated by Tri-Lakes residents, with Lucy Hochschartner (26:06) taking first, followed by Sophie Nardelli (26:22) and Nina Armstong (27:13).

Max Flanigan and Tate Frantz, both of Lake Placid, tied for first in the kids under-13 division with a time of 30:13. Tanner Whalen (40:35) and Jackie Garso (29:33) won the boys and girls teen division. In the 20s age group, Kris Boettcher (28:29) was the fastest man, while Bethany Moser (36:22) was first across the finish line for the women.

Saranac Lake nordic ski coah Keith Kogut was the fastest man in the 30s age group with a time of 27:50, while Lissa Goldstein (34:59) was the fastest woman. Ben Frantz (30:39) and Kaori Marina (35:04) topped the runners in their 40s. Rob Scharges (29:12) and Teresa Palen (33:55) were the fastest runners in their 50s, and Lake Placid resident Nancie Battaglia (39:17) and Robert Van Slyke (43:09) topped the 60s group. There was also a contingent of runners in their 70s competing in the short race, with Eddie Munoz (42:18) and Bonnie Birk (41:45) taking the top spots.


Great Adirondack Trail Run
Saturday’s Results
11 Miles
Bryce Murdick201:45:53
Liam Davis241:49:30
Colin Rodgers361:49:58
Philip Maynard331:53:52
Brian Robinson401:54:13
Karl Schulz191:55:07
Tim Ela271:56:51
Nathan Miller251:59:06
Lucas Milliken262:02:03
Zander McClelland252:04:10
Kai Frantz142:07:14
Chris Rodgers332:10:07
Christian Belair422:11:33
Bill Hoffman502:12:21
Joseph Wilson162:12:55
Mark Whalen332:13:41
John Servin502:17:40
Drew Haas382:18:16
Van Ledger142:18:21
Kyle Smith402:21:50
Zachary Pete242:22:26
Sophie McClelland272:24:24
Janey McClelland262:24:24
Julianne Stemp322:24:24
Robert McCann412:25:41
Andrew Lavin382:26:11
Forest Ledger192:26:19
Jim Pergolizzi352:28:14
Jennifer Donahue372:30:43
Robbie Barnett672:34:05
Mark Youndt512:35:20
Lura Johnson162:39:38
Morgan Ryan422:39:59
Laura Nardelli572:40:14
Becky Johnson412:41:34
Ian Callan472:41:44
Willow Davis332:42:29
Emily Keddie302:50:43
Savannah Woods252:51:08
Sam Stytzer392:51:52
Nelson Gilliat242:54:22
Justyna Babcock442:57:38
Brian Dunn472:57:39
Katie Hoar282:57:41
Heather Fey362:58:48
Erick Rowley442:59:16
Neil Wheelwright593:06:44
Christine Bohensky353:07:03
Hillary Ryan-Rusch533:11:31
Kent Murdick523:14:51
John Kane653:15:53
Ryan Joseph343:18:43
Marc Scrivener473:19:26
Amy Campopiano433:25:12
Jason Campopiano443:25:13
Elizabeth Trachte523:25:30
Wendy Carlson593:29:01
Charles Eaton643:33:07
Aaron Woolf533:34:50
Dan Forbes403:35:20
Chelsea Edgar273:36:03
Kimberlee Bliek533:43:18
Bekkie Wright543:52:52
Joseph Poliquin643:52:54
Norwood Styles503:53:10
Dwight Stevenson323:56:24
Crystal Neskey454:12:43
Jeremy Neskey384:12:44
3 Miles
Noah El Rimawi-Fine1525:40
Joe Merrihew3025:52
Lucy Hochschartner1926:06
Sophie Nardelli1626:22
Jonathan Auyer3526:46
Nina Armstrong2027:13
Keith Kogut3227:50
Kris Boettcher2828:29
Robert Scharges5129:12
Ryan Davis2029:19
Jackie Garso1829:33
Max Flanigan1230:13
Tate Frantz1230:13
Ben Frantz4730:39
Otto Gabrielsen3931:10
Will Roth3731:52
Lynn Palen1433:55
Marcin Kosz3734:04
Tim Singer5834:21
Lissa Goldstein3234:59
Kaori Marina4635:04
Bethany Moser2736:22
Caroline Belair4236:30
Alanna Winchell2536:47
Ashley Miller2637:23
John Flanigan4737:48
Joe Murphy5938:13
Mike Schaefer3338:14
Amelia Ellis1338:19
Samuel Murphy2938:34
Eric Schulz5938:42
Sean Iacobelli3238:59
Stephanie Lylis4439:13
Nancie Battaglia6339:17
Tanner Whalen1840:35
Kate Whitney3840:35
Colin Prall2841:20
Bonnie Birk7241:45
Eddie Munoz7442:18
Theodora Hein3242:27
Katrin Auyer3442:32
Teresa Palen5042:58
Karyn Van Slyke6343:05
Robert Van Slyke6343:09
Claire Bruce2343:15
Betsy Kane3443:17
Soren Jacobson1043:26
Erik Jacobson4343:27
Pat Bruke3244:02
Caleb Cortez2845:13
Zoe LaVallee1445:51
Haylie Buysse1248:59
Carrie Haviland3749:30
Clark Hayward6452:26
Sue Gadway5354:15
Lisa Rigney2959:33
Joe Panza3659:33
Karen Murphy641:02:42
Anya Kazmierczak121:03:00
Sarah Roth341:03:03
Jen Kazmierczak441:03:16
Teri Pendergrass631:03:41
Peter Pendergrass631:03:49



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