The final major race of the summer/fall season is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, with the annual running of the Lake Placid Classic Half Marathon and 10K (6.2 miles) Race.
The 46th running of the event grew from modest beginnings. The brainchild of local veterinarian Dr. Bob Lopez and a group of fellow avid runners, the Lake Placid Classic has evolved into a fun, low pressure competition espousing a healthy lifestyle with running at its core.
Dr. Lopez was so committed to the activity that he was chosen as a torch runner for the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
The classic actually began as full and half marathons run concurrently in the 1970s. The 26.2-mile race went to Paul Smiths College, while the 13.1-mile event remained around the Lake Placid area.
The full marathon ended in 1983; the North Elba Park District took control of the half marathon in 1984.
Virtually all money raised through entry fees and sponsorships is turned over to local charitable causes. In the case of the 2016 races, Connecting Youth and Community, a 501 (c)3 non-profit, will be the beneficiary.
Both races start at the Olympic Skating Oval on Main Street, runs through the business district and around Mirror Lake. From there, the courses turn left onto Parkside Drive at the former National Sports Academy. At the end of the street, runners will turn right, go through the traffic light at the Sunoco convenience store intersection, and out of Lake Placid on Route 73.
They will pass the Olympic Ski Jumps and turn left onto Riverside Drive (River Road). This is where the two events part company.
The half marathoners continue this four mile stretch to the intersection with Route 86, while the 10Kers will have a short out-and-back on Riverside Drive, return to Route 73, turn right and climb the long hill to the finish line at the North Elba Show Grounds.
The 13.1 mile participants, after making the turn at Route 86, will also return to Route 73 and make their way up the hill to the show grounds.
Organizers of both races are still taking entries. For more information, please log on to the event website, which also includes lodging assistance.
For blog readers who are competing, the Mirror Lake Inn wishes you a safe and successful race with many personal bests.