KEENE VALLEY - The Mountaineer will host the 10th annual Great Adirondack Trail Run Saturday.
This charity event supports the AuSable and Boquet River Associations and provides an educational opportunity for children and adults to learn about river ecosystems, while giving people a chance to enjoy the mountains, get some exercise and celebrate spring and black fly season before the summer arrives.
There are two runs: an 11.5-mile strenuous run up the back side of Hopkins Mountain and down to Keene Valley, and a 3.5 mile "fun run" which travels from Baxter Mountain Tavern to Keene Valley.
A runner takes on the challenging 11.5-mile course during last year’s Great Adirondack Trail Run in Keene Valley.
At this time, the 11.5 mile run is filled to capacity, but registrations will be accepted for the 3.5 mile run at any time, including the day of the race.
Cost of registration for the 3.5-mile run is $20 for adults and $5 for kids 14 and under.
All runners and members of the community are invited to attend a post-run celebration at the Keene Valley Country Club on Route 73 in Keene Valley. There will be food for just $8 per person, drink (including beer from Lake Placid Pub and Brewery) and live music from The Retro Rockets. The celebration starts at 11 a.m., with awards at 2 p.m.
The Mountaineer is also asking that all participants and attendees bring a non-perishable donation to the Keene Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted at The Mountaineer and at the post-race celebration at Keene Valley Country Club.
The longer run will begin at 9 a.m., with runners starting one at a time in a staggered format (one per minute). The 3.5 mile fun run will begin at 10 a.m. from the Baxter Mountain Tavern on Route 9N between Keene and Elizabethtown, also with a staggered start.
A shuttle will be available from the parking/finish area at the Mountaineer in Keene Valley to the trailhead for both runs.
More information on both runs is available at www.mountaineer.com.