This is a 13.1 mile half marathon run or 26.2 mile marathon run. Each year, the Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon attracts athletes and spectators from all over North America and abroad. That includes runners from more than 40 U.S. states as well as Canada, Bermuda, New Zealand, Panama and Europe. With that kind of reach, registration typically fills up quickly! 

The venue

This world-class race, set in the Olympic mountain village of Lake Placid, follows a course nestled in the beautiful High Peaks region of Upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains. The marathon has 25 aid stations in 26.2 miles. The Half Marathon has 13 aid stations in 13.1 miles. Designed to be similar to the Ironman USA Lake Placid triathlon run course, the races begin on Main Street in the Olympic Village and proceed around beautiful Mirror Lake for 3 miles before heading out of town, where the route passes the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds and the ski jumps before turning onto River Road and following the AuSable River. This scenic course has a stunning backdrop of Whiteface Mountain and the High Peaks mountain ranges.

The Finish

The race finish includes one 400-meter lap around the Sheffield Olympic Oval, where U.S. speed skater Eric Heiden captured five individual gold medals during the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.


A Runner's World Magazine survey ranked the Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon as the second-best destination race in the United States. The Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon is a high quality premier early-season race held in the charming Olympic Village of Lake Placid, New York — home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

Race start 

Races begin simultaneously at 8 a.m., with the half marathon ending after one loop on River Road and the full marathon continuing for a second loop on River Road. 

If you are participating in the race, make sure to secure lodging early as rooms fill quickly for this very popular race.

More details for 2021 will be posted here as they become available.


Click the link to view the 2021 marathon and half marathon maps