Pace Bears Come Out of Hibernation

August 14, 2014


20120922_amdf_pbc_mg_1810The 18th Annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival will take pace the weekend of September 27-28, with the centerpiece being Sunday’s marathon around Schroon Lake. Completing the 26.2-mile race requires a lot of training and planning, and to relieve some of the anxiety we encourage you to “leave the driving to us.” To this end we have recruited Pace Bears, named after the trademark Adirondack carved running bears awarded to overall winners.

Whether your desire is to qualify for Boston, to chase a personal best or an elusive time goal, or simply to finish successfully without hitting the wall, our Pace Bear team is ready with help, encouragement and distracting conversation. Currently, we have an experienced pace team ready to guide you in with times ranging from 3:45 to 5:30. Many have previously run or paced the Adirondack Marathon, quite a few are members of the 50 States Marathon Club, and a large contingent are ultra-runners (distances greater than 26.2 miles) for whom the marathon is a “mere” training run.

Leading the pack is our most distinguished pacer, David King, who received a Press Conference Commendation from President Obama last year. He completed the 2013 Boston Marathon–re-qualifying for the following year’s race–and then completed his cool down on the way to Massachusetts General Hospital where, as an Army Reservist trauma surgeon, his services were desperately needed.

Interested in the triathlon? Debbie Tirrito, a 5:00 pacer, is a former professional triathlete and member of TEAM USA. Prior to the marathon she will be competing in the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run, an eight-day stage race featuring plenty of mountains and elevation. Or perhaps you are considering running longer distances? Otto Lam (4:00), Elaine Acosta and her friend Tom O’Reilly (both 4:45) are ultra specialists, having recently finished the fabled Vermont 100, racing alongside horses. Or maybe you are struggling to carve out running time? Meet Patricia Clark (4:30), a mother of eight who has completed over sixty marathons.

Whatever group you choose, you are guaranteed to add a new dimension to your marathon experience.

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Each year, our fastest runners take home running’s most unique trophies–handcrafted Adirondack bears. This year, step atop the podium and claim a bear of your own: the top 3 Racing for Good fundraisers will each earn this unique award commemorating their charitable efforts. Our Run for Free by Racing for Good program is limited to 150 runners from all races. Click here for more information.

So, come enjoy the fall foliage, bask in the beauty of the Adirondack Region and witness the small town hospitality that makes this race such an outstanding event.

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