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’Tis the season for small run/walk events

September 11, 2014
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Organizers continue to add more run/walks to the local calendar of events, giving those interested in healthy activity the opportunity to have fun and raise money for good causes.

Below are most of the run/walk events in the Olympic Region this fall, including races in Lake Placid, Upper Jay and Wilmington.


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The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Run for the Colors 5k run/walk was a new family-friendly event held in August.
(News photo —?Andy Flynn)

Uphill Foot Race

Kids' Fun Run

Saturday, Sept. 13

Children aged 6-12 will be able to participate in a new 1.5-mile race in Wilmington, the Whiteface Mountain Uphill Foot Race Kids' Fun Run, a non-competitive event held the same day as the annual Uphill Foot Race for adults, which takes runners 8 miles up Whiteface Mountain's Veterans' Memorial Highway, a climb of more than 3,500 feet.

The fun run begins at 8:15 a.m., 15 minutes after the adults begin their race, and follows Santa from the base of the highway to Santa's Workshop.

All youngsters who participate in the fun run will receive a reindeer shoe finisher's medal, admission into Santa's Workshop and a buffet breakfast. The cost is $5 per child, and children can register the morning of the race. It will be held the same day as the annual Festival of the Colors.

For more information, visit online at


Wells Memorial Library Walk/Run

Saturday, Sept. 20

The Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay will hope this fun run/walk to celebrate and help pay for the expansion of its hours from four to five days a week.

Registration starts at 10 a.m., and the event begins at 10:30. "Short Story" participants will go from the library to the first rest area on Route 9N and back. The "Great American Novel" participants will go all the way to the second rest area and back. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. All proceeds will go toward opening the library on Fridays.

People are encouraged to walk, run, stroll, push a baby jogger or pull a wagon. Water, apples and pencils will be provided.


Tri-Lakes Relay for Life Saturday, Sept. 20

Teams share the walking in relays around the Olympic Speedskating Oval for 12 hours, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m., and proceeds from sponsors benefit the American Cancer Society.

There are currently 15 teams signed up, including the one-man team of Mac Rand, of Lake Placid, who finished back-to-back Ironman races in July to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He raised $30,711 for that event and has set a goal of $1,000 for Relay for Life. His team is called Inspired Insanity, according to his Relay for Life page, and he will be walking the entire 12 hours solo - no relay for him.

Other local teams include the North Elba Republicans, 5-FU to Cancer, Saranac Lake Teachers' Association, Banking on a Cure (Adirondack Bank), LPES A+ Walkers and Lake Placid Youth vs. Cancer.

For more information, visit and type in the Lake Placid zip code of 12946 under "Find an Event."


Mutt Strut

Sunday, Sept. 28

This first-time event is being sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and the North Country SPCA. It will feature a 5k race and fun run around Mirror Lake. Leashed dogs are welcome. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Olympic Speedskating Oval, and the race begins at 10 a.m. Those cost is $20 for people who preregister and $25 on the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit the local animal shelters. For more information an to register, call 518-873-5000 or email


Run for the Red 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, Oct. 4

This second-annual fundraising event sponsored by the American Red Cross North Country Chapter includes a 400-meter children's fun run and an adult 5k walk/run. The fun run is for ages 3-10 and will take place at the Olympic Speedskating Oval at 9 a.m. The walk/run will start at the Oval at 9:30 a.m., proceed around Mirror Lake and finish at the Oval.

For more information, call the chapter office at 518-792-6545.


Oktoberfest 1k Fun Run and Lederhosen 5k

Saturday, Oct. 4

The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington will be hosting two new events this year, the Oktoberfest Lederhosen 5k Trail Run and Oktoberfest 1k Fun Run.

The 5k trail run begins at 11 a.m. The preregistration cost is $50, which includes free admission to the festival, a commemorative event T-shirt (for attendees who preregister only), a pint glass and one free beer (soda for anyone under 21 years old). Runners for both races are encouraged to dress up in their finest lederhosen or dirndl.

The 1k trail run course will include some ascending and descending terrain, but and participants will be challenged to have the best costume and not spill their frosty beer or soda along the way. There will be prizes for fastest time, best costume and most beverage left in cups. Registration will only be available the day of the event.

For more information, visit online at


Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Sunday, Oct. 5

This benefit takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Olympic Speedskating Oval. The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's main fundraising campaign, featuring 3- to 5-mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

For more information, Linda McClarigan at 518-791-1544. To register, visit online at and find North Country Walk.


Adirondack Health

5k Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Runners and walkers begin the 5k race at the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving, proceed around Mirror Lake and finish at the Oval.

Participants are asked to bring a minimum of three non-perishable food items on the day of the race to donate to the local food pantries. Strollers are welcome but dogs are not.

Proceeds from the registration fee benefit Adirondack Health's Fit for Life Program.

For more information, visit online at and search for Adirondack Health Turkey Trot.


Adirondack Health

Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Saturday, Dec. 13

Held in conjunction with the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, this event is a 2.5-mile counterclockwise race around Mirror Lake, starting and ending at the Lake Placid public beach. It starts at 8:30 a.m.

All participants are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy on race day to benefit the North Elba Christmas Fund. Strollers are welcome but dogs are not.

Proceeds from the registration fee benefit the Adirondack Health's Fit for Life Program.

For more information, visit online at and search for Adirondack Health Jingle Bell Run/Walk.



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