AROUND THE REGION NEWS BRIEFS
JULY 2017 - NEWS BREIFS
Fleet Feet Distance Project Training Begins
ALBANY & MALTA – Fleet Feet Sports is offering several running programs for any distance, from their two store locations. The 12-week programs are available for 5K, 10K/15K, Half Marathon and Marathon training, starting on July 6 – late comers welcome. The 5K beginners program is for those new to running or anyone entering after a hiatus, and emphasizes form, strength and nutrition while building endurance. The advanced 5K program is for runners looking to improve their time through speed work. The 10K/15K, half-marathon and marathon groups each help develop speed, stamina, and confidence for performance and to achieve your goals. For 5K, contact Patti Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 400-1213. For distances, contact Jon Catlett at email@example.com or 459-3338. Visit: fleetfeetalbany.com.
Shaun and Shamus Evans: New Ainsley’s Angels Journey
GALWAY – Over the course of 60 days during summer 2015, then nine-year-old Shamus Evans, who has cerebral palsy, and his father Shaun, ran 3,200 miles from Seattle to New York City on behalf of Ainsley’s Angels of America. They were supported by mother/wife Nichole, and younger brother, Simon. Along the way the Evans family presented more than 30 running chairs to children so that they too may have the opportunity to roll with the wind. The mission was called Ainsley’s Angels “Power to Push.” Team Evans started a new journey rolling down the Mississippi River during July 2017. Although the distance is shorter, 1700 miles from Moorhead, Minn. to Lake Charles, La.), the mission remains the same to provide the gift of mobility to children and families along the route by donating racing chariots, promoting inclusion and inspiring others to dream big. Follow their progress: ainsleysangels.org/powertopush.
Ironman Lake Placid Returns on July 23
LAKE PLACID – The 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid, the longest-running American event aside from the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, returns on Sunday, July 23. It’s an accessible but challenging race that sold out in November 2016. Athletes begin with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, with the underwater cable to guide them. Transitioning to the bike in the Olympic Speed Skating Oval, scenic views highlight the hilly two-loop, 112-mile ride. Returning to the oval, they begin a two-loop, 26.2-mile rolling run through town, along the river, and back to the finish!
IMLP did well on a 2016 athlete survey of 40 Ironman events globally: fifth in overall satisfaction, first in bike, sixth in run, and third in best race venue experience. For this year, there are a few last-minute changes: bike course Wilmington out/back on Haselton Road is eliminated and replaced by Lake Placid OSC/MVH out/back on REPAVED Bob Run Lane before the Keene downhill; bike time cutoff in Wilmington (aid station 5) at 5:00pm; and bike special needs is now along Olympic Center sidewalk overlooking the oval/transition. IMLP offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2017 World Champs in October. The inaugural Ironman Lake Placid 70.3 is sold out and will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10. Volunteers are still needed for both events. Visit: ironman.com.
Adirondack Open Water Swimming Events
LAKE PLACID & LAKE GEORGE – Swimmers from near and far will have two opportunities to compete in open water swimming contests this August. Both races are presented by Green Leaf Racing of Malta and are US Masters Swimming sanctioned. On Saturday, August 12, the Betsy Owens Memorial Lake Swim at Mirror Lake in Lake Placid will have a one-mile and two-mile cable swim. In the mile event, swimmers will complete two loops, each consisting of swimming out one side of a quarter-mile, underwater cable marked with buoys, and returning on the other side. The two-mile swim will be four loops around the quarter-mile cable. Times for both races are eligible for USMS long-distance national records.
On Saturday, August 26, the Lake George Open Water Swim will start at Hague Town Park beach, with distances of 2.5K, 5K and 10K, with wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories. There are time constraints for all three distances and those entering the 5K and 10K swims must submit evidence of having completed a swim of two-thirds the distance of the chosen event. Whether you’re a competitive or recreational swimmer or triathlete, these are don’t miss events in beautiful lakes for swimming, with a mix of great athletes from across the Northeast – so register today. For more info on both events: greenleafracing.com.
USATF Adirondack Trail Running Series
ALBANY – So you’ve run a road race? What about a race on trails! Sure, hiking is something that all of us are familiar with, but have you ever thought about lacing up and dancing on the dirt? Whether you know it yet or not, the Capital-Saratoga Region is home to a variety of trail running events ranging vastly in both distance and terrain.
Participating in a trail race not only means that you’ll get to experience plenty of rocks, roots and mud, but you’ll also get to be a part of the trail running community. It’s a community that tends to put more emphasis on the best battle scar over the fastest finish time, a community that gives labels to sections of courses with names such as the “The Outback,” and one that rarely cares for fancy medals or awards – just as long as there is an ice cold beverage at the finish.
To highlight some of the unique and challenging terrain that our area has to offer, USA Track & Field Adirondack invites you to join the community by participating in its 2017 Trail Running Series. This inaugural series will feature the following four races:
· Indian Ladder Trail Run 15K on Sunday, July 23 – Held at Thacher State Park, near Voorheesville, the ILTR is one of the oldest trail running events in the region. The 15K features all of the favorites: rocks, roots and mud.
· Tawasentha XC 5K on Monday, August 7 – ‘The toughest 5K you’ll ever run,’ at least that’s what the race director says. But seriously, you probably won’t be setting a PR here. Held at Tawasentha Park in Guilderland, this course features some serious hills and a water crossing. So prepare to get muddy.
· Thacher Trail Running Festival 10K on Sunday, August 27 – Part of a larger day of trail running events with races from the 5K to the 50K, this 10K at Thacher State Park provides beautiful views of the valley, downtown Albany and distant mountains.
· Saratoga XC Classic 5K on Sunday, October 29 – The title of this event says it all. It’s a classic. Held in the fall when the leaves are changing, this 5K at Saratoga Spa State Park provides all of the feelings of a classic cross-country race.
Finishing three of the four races means you will be a considered a series finisher and earn a trail themed finisher apparel piece, made possible with a grant from Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club. Additionally, you’ll get to spend the summer and fall running with new and old friends. You’ll begin to recognize the familiar faces and I assure you, while you might not recognize them in their work clothes or at the grocery store, you will remember them when you see them at a future race. For series details and rules, visit adirondack.usatf.org.
–Michelle Pratt of Albany is a trail/ultra runner and race director. She currently serves on the USATF Adirondack Association Board