AROUND THE REGION NEWS BRIEFS
September 2017 - NEWS BREIFS
First annual Garnet Hill Grit Mountain Bike Race
NORTH RIVER – The Garnet Hill Grit Mountain Bike Race will take place on the beautiful Garnet Hill trails on Saturday, September 23. Starting at the ski shop and finishing on the front lawn of the Garnet Hill log house, with great views of Thirteenth Lake, two races of six miles and 12 miles will begin simultaneously at 10am. After-race activities include a hearty meal, beverages, race T-shirt and great awards for sport and expert categories along with three age groups. Race timing and organizing will be led by Underdog Race Timing. For more info, visit garnet-hill.com.
Climb to the Castle Roller Ski Race
WILMINGTON – Climb to the top of the Whiteface on Sunday, Sept. 24 on roller skis for beautiful, panoramic views of the Adirondacks, Vermont and Canada. The five-mile, freestyle-technique hill climb with an average 8% grade up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is the perfect opportunity to train for the Nordic season and one of only a few roller ski races in the area. Women will start out at 8am and the men will follow 10 minutes later. The course will be closed to the public during the race. Awards will follow at 10am at the Whiteface Castle. For more info, visit nysef.org or to register go to skireg.com.
Flashlight 5K is Back, Now in Cole’s Woods
GLENS FALLS – Bring a flashlight, headlamp or lights of any kind and run the trails in Cole’s Woods in Glens Falls at the Flashlight 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30pm. The fun run is organized by Adirondack Race Management – the Lake George Triathlon Festival folks. Each participant will receive a glow stick necklace and bracelet and if registered by Sept. 10, a T-shirt with glow-in-the-dark ink is guaranteed. Age group awards and best costume prizes will be given out. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Friends of Cole’s Woods. To register, go to adkracemgmt.com or itsyourrace.com.
Fall Duathlons: Glens Falls and Mohawk Towpath Byway
GLENS FALLS & CLIFTON PARK – The Glens Falls Lions Club will host its sixth duathlon (5K run, 30K bike, 5K run) on Sunday, Oct. 8 at SUNY Adirondack in Glens Falls. This race route starts and finishes at the college, while winding through parts of Warren and Washington counties. The funds raised from this race enable the Lions Club to continue providing sight and hearing assistance and preservation. Last year’s duathlon had about 150 racers and volunteers who participated in the event. Awards are given to the first three finishers in each five-year age group, male and female. Awards are also given to the top three teams and corporate teams. The King Lions award was given to the fastest male and female finisher. For more info, check out glensfallslions.org.
The following weekend, on Sunday, Oct. 15, the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon attracts top regional multi-sport athletes, as well as recreational runners and bikers for the 2M run, 17M bike and 2M run. The start, exchange area, and finish are all at Riverview Orchards and the courses are through rural fall foliage lined landscapes along the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway. New this year is a knit cap with a full color embroidered byway logo for the first 100 registered participants. All racers and volunteers receive a Giffy’s BBQ chicken dinner post-race. Two person teams are welcome. Awards will be given for overall male and female first place, and top three male and female in 10-year-age groups, and for first place male, female and mixed teams. New this year is are Scholastic and Grandmaster classes. Participants age 16 and under and age 70 or older may elect to do a 2M run, shorter 10M bike, and 2M run. Go to mohawktowpath.org for more info.
Turkey Trot Running Programs with Fleet Feet Sports
ALBANY & MALTA – Fleet Feet Sports will launch its popular fall 5K and 10K training programs in September, which are open to participants of any fitness level and with little or no running experience. Sponsored by adidas, the programs combine twice-weekly coached group sessions supplemented by individual daily training activities. The goal race for all 5K program participants is a November Turkey Trot run of their choosing.
The programs kick off with in-store instructional clinics, to be held at the Albany store on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7pm and at the Malta store on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7pm. Training begins in Albany (5K distance) on Monday, Sept. 18 at 5:45pm at the Ciccotti Recreation Center in Colonie. Workouts will be Mondays and Thursdays at 5:45 pm. In Saratoga County, the first workout (5K and 10K) is Thursday, Sept. 21 at 5:45pm in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Regular group runs will be held on Thursdays at 5:45pm and Sunday mornings at 8am until Thanksgiving. Registration is open online and at Albany and Malta stores. Program fee includes special adidas discounts, coached training, daily running plans, and exclusive in-store clinics. For more info, go to fleetfeetalbany.com or call 518-400-1213 (Malta) or 518-459-3338 (Albany).
Tour of the Battenkill Acquired
CAMBRIDGE – The Tour of the Battenkill has been acquired by Rugged Races LLC, a Mark Cuban supported company that produces 55 events across North America, with big plans to make this classic event even better. This 2018 event has been moved to April 28. The ride through Washington County is grueling, beautiful, and can be muddy. The views of the Green Mountains, covered bridges, and pastoral farmland make it a scenic race, while the 5,000 feet of elevation change and 19 miles of dirt roads make it the most challenging. The course is fine as is, but there will be improvements made to the rider experience, both on course and off. Registration will come with an all-inclusive after party with food and beer, a quality T-shirt, custom cycling socks, and a Specialized water bottle.
Two rides will be offered, a 75-mile Gran Fondo and a 42-mile Medio Fondo. Both events will feature a mass start with neutral roll out and a rolling road closure for the first seven miles. Full neutral/SAG support, police officers and course marshals at every major turn and intersection will continue. The festival area in the Washington County Fairgrounds will be energized. For more info, visit ruggedmaniac.com.
Hague Endurance Festival Replaces Hague Triathlon
HAGUE – The Hague triathlon will be back on, since it was canceled by HITS for 2017. Wilson Endurance Sports, LLC is re-creating it as the Hague Endurance Festival for June 23-24, 2018. Husband and wife team and long-time triathlon coach and race director, Mark Wilson and Tonia Wilson-Hall, will be organizing the event. On Saturday, there will be sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, sprint and Olympic aquabikes, followed by a kids’ triathlon and old-timers race. Sunday will offer a duathlon (2M run, 10M bike, 2M run). Individuals and relay teams are welcome both days. The family-friendly weekend will include food and live music. For more info, go to coachmarkwilson.com.