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The 18th Annual Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon is a premier early-season race hosted in the historic Olympic Village of Lake Placid, New York USA home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games surrounded by the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The course is a combination of flat, rolling and some hills and runners enjoy mountain views, open areas, shaded areas, a class III trout stream, and beautiful Mirror Lake along the way.
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!
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 26 aid stations in 26.2 miles. The Half Marathon has 12 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 event offers a generous six (6) hour course limit for each race.
The race finish includes one 400-meter lap around the iconic James B. Sheffield Olympic Speedskating 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.
Awards and Food
As always there will be five age groups with 3 awards in each category, and all participants will receive a finisher medal. To keep everyone safe this year, awards will be a grab-go type of system rather than a formal ceremony. This is to help reduce crowding and keep everyone safe. Food will be available at the tent at the finish. When you’re done, head over to the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery for your very own LP 26.2 Ale. First one is on them with your mug and bib!