WHERE: Lake George, NY
TIME: 8:00AM Half / 9:00AM 10K
DISTANCE: Half & 10K
FEES: $30 – $40
REGISTRATION: Click here
Run on what the race organizers describe as a “surprisingly fast” course along the shoreline of Lake George in the southern Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Camp Chingachgook Challenge race features both a 13.1-mile and a 10K race which finish back at the YMCA camp from which the race takes its name, in nearby Pilot Knob.
The race unfolds along the shoreline of one of New York’s historic summer resort communities, framed by the famous homes that make up “Millionaire’s Row” on the western side of the lake as well as the camps and resorts all along the shoreline. Runners start the race at Lake George Elementary School near Lake George Beach State Park, and from there make a loop around the park as they head toward the lakefront to get to Beach Road.
Once they make it to Beach Road, runners turn right and head east for a stretch before turning left onto Front Street. That’s followed by another turn onto Lake Street and then a turn onto East Shore Drive, which begins a long northward run along the eastern shoreline of the lake, taking runners past lake homes, the Dunham Bay Marsh, and several inlets and bays along the lakeshore. The steepest and biggest hill of the race occurs in this stretch, as runners make their way around Dunham Bay around the mid-way point of the race.
After that, the hills largely subside for the next few miles, and don’t rear their head again until about the mile 10 marker, as runners are making their way past Fischers Marina. Then it’s just a few more miles past Van Warmer Bay, up to the YMCA Camp Chingachgook for the race finish line.
More than 200 runners take part in the half marathon and 10K combined each year — at the race’s 2011 running, just over 120 runners crossed the finish line in the half, while 80 finished the 10K.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, about 60 miles north of Albany and roughly 200 miles north of New York City, Lake George typically sees August temperatures that average between 56°F and 81°F, while rainfall totals average just under 4.3 inches, making August its second-wettest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Aug. 10), the average low is 57°F and the average high is 82°F.
8:00 AM – half marathon
9:00 AM – 10K
$30 for the half marathon, if registered by July 10, 2013
$40 after July 11 and on race day
Official Race Website www.areep.com
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