[USATF Course Certification Code NY21013JG]

The Northeast’s Best Half-Marathon
The Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival’s Half-Marathon was voted the top 13.1-mile race in the northeast region by readers of Competitor.com and its social media followers. 


The Adirondack Half-Marathon is a 2021 USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Championship Race.


Race Details
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Start: 10:00 a.m., at the 13.1-mile marker of the full-marathon course.
Field: Limited to 650 runners.

Complimentary buses will transport runners from the Town of Schroon to the start of the race. Buses depart starting at 8:40 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. from Route 9, next to the Adirondack Inn, just south of the start of the full marathon.

The half-marathon will be held on the second half of the full-marathon course. The first five to six miles are flat, along the east shore of Schroon Lake. Then, there are long, gentle hills on Route 9, leading north to the town of Schroon.

Note:  Covid-19 Policy will be guided by New York State requirements in addition to local and regional health departments

2021 Entry Fees:
Entry fees will increase the closer we get to Race Day, so don’t delay to lock in the lowest price possible.
Before May 1st – $70
May 1st to June 14th – $85
June 15th to October 1st – $100

⇒ 50% discount for Front Line Health Care Workers and Active Duty, Military, Guard & Reserve. Your Medical ID or CAC Card will be required at packet pick up.

2020 Emergency Deferral Policy:
Runners who opted to defer their race entry until the 2021 race will receive an invitation to run the 2021 race at no cost to the runner unless choosing to upgrade to a more expensive race. 

2021 Virtual Option: Any registered runner can switch from the In Person race to the Virtual race if they choose not to run the In Person race. Virtual runners are not eligible for race awards.

2021 Deferral Policy: Runners who opt to defer their race entry until the 2022 race will receive a $40 deferral credit when registering for the 2022 race.

Expo and Packet Pickup:
Sat., Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pavilion above the Marathon Finish Line
Sun., Oct.3, 6:30 – 8:15 a.m. at the Pavilion above the Marathon Finish Line
[Expo hours, location, and schedule]

Note: Runner’s shirts for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay Teams are available on a first come, first served basis at the Expo and Packet Pickup. Virtual runners will receive their Runners Shirt and race medal via the mail.

On-Course Amenities:
Water and sports drink will be available at 9 stations on the course – roughly every two miles until mile 20 , then every mile from 20-25.

The Finish Area has water, sports drinks, fresh fruits, yogurt, ice cream, fresh baked goodies and more.  

We anticipate having a massage tent for 2021, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Official race photography will be provided by Pat Hendrick Photography, who specializes in athletic event photos in Upstate New York, Vermont, and beyond. Prints and digital files will be available for purchase after the race at PatHendrick.ZenFolio.com.

Runner’s Gear:
Bag check for the Half Marathon is located at the entrance to the Adirondack Lodges, on East Shore Drive, located about 500 feet north of the Half Marathon start line. From 9:00 am to 9:50 am. Pre-numbered clear bags will be in your Registration Packet  Post race you can retrieve your bag near the merchandise tent at the Finish Area. The Adirondack Marathon reserves the right to search any bag at any time, both within and outside the baggage area.

Each runner who completes the course by 3:30 pm will receive a finisher’s medal. Prizes will be given for the top three overall finishers (male and female) based on chip time, and the first finisher in each age category based on chip time. You must be present at the post-race awards ceremony to receive your award. Virtual runners will not be eligible for race awards. Click here for more details and to see past results.


  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenges of your race.
  • You must show a photo ID to pick up your bib and chip.
  • Participants must be at least 13 years old on race day to participate in the Half Marathon. A parent’s signature is required for all participants under 18 years old.
  • Bib required to participate and must be visible at all times.
  • Coaches, dogs, in-line skates, skateboards, bikes, baby-joggers and BANDITS will not be allowed on the course.
  • For safety reasons, we strongly recommend against the use of iPods, MP3 players, headphones or earbuds of any type.
  • All runners must stay to right of the center line when on Route 9.
  • We will keep the finish line open and record official times for 5.5 hours (until 3:30 pm). However, all roads will re-open to cars at 2:30 p.m. and there will be no on-course services after that time. There is no Early Bird Start for half-marathon walkers.
  • When nearing the Finish Line, please do not have family or friends join you through the finish chute.
  • All runners must run over all timing mats on course. Timing mats are located at the Half Start, miles 18.2 and 25, and the finish line.

Race Timing:
Timing services provided by Granite State Race Services, utilizing the ChronoTrack disposable timing chip on the back of your race bib.

Village Map and Parking:
Click here to download a PDF map of the village, including race day parking.
Click here to read about race-day road closures.