Lake Placid Classic - Half Marathon & 10k

  • Half-Marathon $65 10K $45

The 53rd annual Lake Placid Classic 

Originally started in 1970 as a marathon run from Paul Smiths to Lake Placid, this family-friendly race has evolved into a beloved annual event featuring the beautiful Olympic Village of Lake Placid and some of the most breathtaking fall scenery in the Adirondacks. Each year an average of 550 athletes gather together for this amazing community race to help raise funds for a local cause and to enjoy the splendor of racing during peak fall foliage. 

The 2023 Lake Placid Classic Half Marathon & 10K both begin and end at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds surrounded by the Olympic Ski Jumps, the 1980 Olympic Cauldron, and views of the breathtaking High Peaks. The race route encompasses two moderate hills, one at the start and one towards the end. The start time is 8:00 am, with the course closing at 12:00 pm.

Half Marathon Event Details:

10K Event Details:

  • Start Time: 8 a.m. 
  • Price: $45.00 Race Fee + $3.70 SignUp Fee
  • Register for the 10K - Registration Link Coming Soon

More Race Information

Course Information:

Start adjacent to the finish line at the North Elba Horseshow Grounds (5514 Cascade Road), and go NE into the Horse Show stable area. Run clockwise around the stable area returning to the start line, heading towards the exit of the Horse Show Grounds.  Exit heading south, up John Brown road, clockwise around John Brown circle, turning left onto western John Brown road, at the junction Old Military Road, turn left, along Old Military road until Newman road, down Newman road to Route 73 south.  Cross over at Corner Store to left-hand shoulder and head south on Route 73.  Remain on Route 73 to River road, Out and back on River Road, finishing at the regular finish area on the grass of the Horse Show grounds.

View Course Maps

Race Registration Includes:

  • Commemorative t-shirt & finisher award
  • Fully supported aid stations
  • Pre-race yoga & stretching
  • Finish line food, drinks & music
  • Warm fuzzies knowing you’ve supported area youth programs


For both distances, awards will be presented for the overall finisher in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. In addition awards for top 3 in each of the following age groups

  • 19 and under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+  


Are you heading out to cheer on a friend or family member(s) racing in the Lake Placid Classic? Sign up for participant tracking and receive text or email alerts as participants cross-timing equipment along the course.

Supporting Local Youth Organizations: 

This event is one of the only not-for-profit running/walking events in the Lake Placid region. The goal of the event is to raise funds for local youth organizations and to support local wellness scholarships. Over the past several years, it has become a vital fundraiser for the local Connecting Youth and Community (CYC) of Lake Placid and Wilmington, a not-for-profit, youth development organization made up of local community leaders, youth, parents, and business partners.  Its mission is to promote positive youth development.