Lake Placid Marathon and Half adds 10K

Minimum age lowered from 18 to 16 for full marathon

Runners take off at the start of the Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon on June 12. (News photo — Parker O’Brien)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Marathon and Half recently added a 10K to its list of races for the June 11 event and lowered the age minimum from 18 to 16 for the full marathon, according to owner/operator Greg Borzilleri.

Until this year, the event only featured the half (13.1 miles) and full (26.2 miles) marathons, but the persistence of one person — Lisa Grigoriadis — persuaded Borzilleri to add the 10K (6.2 miles).

“It’s all because Lisa G wouldn’t stop harassing me about it,” Borzilleri said on Tuesday, May 30.

Entries for the 10K will be limited to the first 45 athletes with tiered pricing: $47 for the first 20 to register, $57 for the second 20, and $67 for the final five. Athletes will receive a special 10K shirt and medal, and awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers. Participants age 13 and older are eligible for the 10K, with racers under 18 needing a parent/guardian signature at check-in.

“Same start time, same start place, same finish place,” Borzilleri said about the 10K.

This is the first year since 2019 — before the coronavirus pandemic — that the Lake Placid Marathon and Half will start on Main Street in front of the Olympic Speedskating Oval and finish on the oval. In 2020, the race was canceled due to the pandemic, and in 2021 and 2022, the start has been in front of the Mirror Lake Beach House on Parkside Drive and the finish line has been at Jewtraw Park on Station Street.

Starting at 8 a.m., the race will go from the oval to Saranac Avenue, continue on Mirror Lake Drive around the lake, take a left on Parkside Drive, a right on Morningside Drive and continue down Sentinel Road/Route 73. The turnaround for the 10K will be near the Lake Placid Airport, just shy of the North Elba Show Grounds. The half and full marathon course will continue on Route 73, take a left on River Road, continue out-and-back with a turnaround near the end of the road and head back into the village to Mill Pond Drive (full marathoners will turn around and do another River Road loop). All participants then take a left on Mill Pond Drive, a right up the McLenathan Avenue hill, a right on School Street, a left on the Main Street sidewalk and enter the oval from the front gate. The cutoff for the race is 2 p.m.

In 2019, the only difference was athletes took a left up the middle-high school driveway from School Street and entered the oval from the right of the school.

Borzilleri said his decision to lower the age minimum for the full marathon was prompted by requests from family members who wanted to compete with their 16- or 17-year-old children.

“I checked with our insurance guys, USA Track and Field, and they said 16 is fine; we’ll cover them,” Borzilleri said.

Packet pickup will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at the Olympic Speedskating Oval.

A children’s run will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, with registration starting at 1 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to participate on courses of varying lengths.

This year’s charity partners for the Lake Placid Marathon and Half are the Lake Placid Educational Opportunity Fund and the Joshua Fund. They will receive donations, along with aid station groups, such as the New York Ski Educational Foundation, Shipman Youth Center, Lake Placid Outing Club and the Saranac Lake Nordic Team.

For more information, visit lakeplacidmarathon.com.

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