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Tupper Lake holds first Triad hiking challenge

October 27, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

TUPPER LAKE - The first ever Tupper Triad Challenge drew an almost capacity crowd to three small mountains near Tupper Lake Saturday, Oct. 21, and among the crowd were runners, walkers and strollers.

Organizer Jim LaValley said the event was meant to get people outdoors and help promote one the Adirondack Park's newest hiking challenges.

"The Triad has become a really popular thing, not just locally, but on a regional basis and we thought it was a great time of year," LaValley said. "We thought doing a challenge like this would get people out moving and experiencing what the Triad is all about."

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Kim and Todd George, of Massena, jog up the Coney Mountain trail late Saturday morning, Oct. 21, as part of the Tupper Triad Challenge, which had runners and hikers tackle Coney, Goodman and Arab mountains around Tupper Lake.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

Thirty-seven competitors took to the Mount Arab trail at 9 a.m. with competitors divided into age groups. Most of the competitors were content to just take it easy, with an eye out for the free beer and lunch that came with the registration price.

"We love the challenge and hiking a mountain first thing in the morning and it's a great work out," Samantha Bullock, of Edwards, said. "We'll see what the day brings."

The first finisher of the day was Louis Ferrone III, a recent Paul Smith's College grad from East Syracuse. Ferrone finished the three mountains - a 7.6-mile total, including drive time between trails - in 1 hour, 31 minutes. Ferrone said he'd never done any of the mountains before: Coney, Goodman and Arab.

"We just heard about it yesterday," Ferrone laughed. "And I had the time, so I came up."

While Ferrone hadn't done the Triad previously, he is no stranger to long distances or extreme trail running.

"I think I ran my first 5K in 2002, but since then I've gotten into ultra marathons in the past six years," he said. "I've actually done none of these before, I've always driven by them and I like the cliffs on the edge. I've always thought I'd like to get up those mountains, and it turns out they were the ones for today.

"I had no idea what to expect, honestly. I didn't look at what the trail conditions were. The roots are my main concern when I'm running because you can't see them well when you're running. I actually did roll my ankle when I was coming down from Mount Arab.

"I was like 'Oh man' but it bounced back and I was good."



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