All races begin simultaneously at 8 a.m. on Parkside Drive. Runners are encouraged to seed themselves according to expected pace at the start. The race course will officially close at 2 p.m. and any remaining runners will be brought in off the course. Runners who cannot complete the marathon in the six hour race period should downgrade to the half marathon. There is no early bird start available for any of the races.
Race numbers must be pinned to the front of the shirt or shorts and visible at all times. Triathlon race belts are also acceptable.
Runners please note that although some portions of the course are closed to vehicle traffic, other portions are open to local vehicle traffic. Runners are advised to stay left in each direction along River Rd./Riverside Dr. section of the course.
Are there vaccination requirements?
The Village of Lake Placid, the Town of North Elba and Essex County set forth new requirements for hosting events this summer, including the requirement to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival in order to participate in the event.
The designated protocols as they relate to proof of vaccination or negative testing in designated event venues to meet the requirements outlined by the Village of Lake Placid, Town of North Elba and ROOST are as follows:
- All athletes will have to show proof of being fully vaccinated before proceeding to athlete check-in area.
- Unvaccinated runners may present proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival.
- Athletes will be required to show valid proof of a negative COVID test, Vaccination Record Card or a Digital Copy (photo of both sides of your card will be sufficient) with photo ID. Event Staff will be at the entrance to check-in, and will be visually checking cards for validation.
- Please note according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥ 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen)
- International athletes must show a valid country of origin Vaccination Record Card or Digital Copy of the card with a photo ID. By default, international individuals will be considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine.
- Once an athlete is validated as being fully vaccinated or having tested negative within the last 72 hours by the Event Staff, that athlete will proceed to athlete check-in to receive their bib.
- Any athlete that does not show proof of being fully vaccinated must show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If proof is not able to be presented, the athlete will be deemed unvaccinated/non-exempt and will not be able to enter event venues or participate in the race.
- Please know that if any Athlete loses their wristband during the event week, they will need to repeat the validation process before receiving a replacement wristband. They will NOT be able to enter event venues until they have received a replacement wristband.
Should local and state guidelines change by the time we are racing we will inform you of the changes.
Why should I choose this race?
The 16th Annual Lake Placid Marathon & Lake Placid Half Marathon was ranked by a Runner’s World Magazine survey as the #2 “Best Destination” race in the United States!! (Runner’s World Magazine, January 2010 Issue) The Lake Placid Marathon & Lake Placid Half Marathon is a high quality premier race held in the charming Olympic Village of Lake Placid, New York USA home of the 1932 & 1980 Winter Games.
Is the Lake Placid Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes!! For 2021 the race is USATF sanctioned and the course is certified.
Are Music Headphones allowed?
YES. USA TRACK & FIELD, the governing body of running events, amended the rule prohibiting headphones to allow them in non-championship events.
How hilly is the course?
The Olympic village of Lake Placid is in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The two loop out and back course is best described as moderate rolling, some flat, with a few steep hills. The most significant hills are near the ski jumps on Route 73 (once for the half marathon and twice for the full marathon). The hill is approximately 3/10 of a mile long. Chuck Engles winning time of 2:34:39 from 2006 proves the course is reasonable and fair.
What is the course surface?
Most of the course is asphalt road. The course will be well marked. It is a very scenic course that takes you up Main St, around Mirror Lake and it provides incredible views of Whiteface Mountain and the Olympic Ski Jumps. Lake Placid is a picturesque place. No spray painting on roads is allowed. Spectators, friends, and family- please make only signs of support and remove them at the end of the day.
What are the course records?
Lake Placid Marathon: Male- Chuck Engle, Colombus, OH, 2:34:39 (2006) Female- Katie Aldridge, Ithaca, NY 3:00:28 (2012) Lake Placid Half Marathon: Male- Nick Maracantonio, Glenns Falls, NY 109:39 (2013) Female- Ironman World Champion Heather Fuhr, San Diego, CA 1:20:50 (2005) Marathon Relay (discontinued in 2009): Relay Team: The Administration 2:36:28 (2009)
What kind of course support is provided?
The marathon and half marathon feature many aid station opportunities in 26.2 miles. The first aid station is water only. The remainder of the aid stations are stocked with water, sports drinks, fruit, pretzels, and other nutrition. Free post-race food and drink are available near the finish line (athletes only).
Do I need Photo Identification at Athlete Check-In during Race Weekend?
YES. All athletes must present Photo I.D. in order to pick up his/her Race Bib, Timing Device, and Athlete Bag. Drivers License, Student I.D. or any other type of picture identification is accepted.
How big is this race?
Each year event entry closes when we reach a combined 2000 Lake Placid Half Marathon & Lake Placid Marathon runners. In addition, the event attracts thousands of spectators. We offer a big race feel with small town charm!
Once the Race is FULL is there a waiting list?
Sorry, the Lake Placid Marathon & Lake Placid Half Marathon does not have waiting lists.
Are Entry/Bib Transfers or Resale allowed?
NO. Transfer or resale are not allowed. This is because 1) to ensure that the athlete who signed up online or by mail is the same athlete who competes. Any variance of this skews the Race Results (age group, gender) for ALL participants. 2) The Lake Placid Marathon & Lake Placid Half Marathon and the New York State Department of Transportation requires original signature on all required waivers and documents. Anyone caught facilitating or receiving unauthorized entry/bib transfers and/or resale of Race Entry/Bib will be immediately reported to the New York State authorities, USA Track & Field (Lake Placid Marathon & Lake Placid Half Marathon event sanctioning body) and be banned from all future Lake Placid Marathon & Lake Placid Half Marathon events.
Can I enter the race on race day?
Yes, there is Race Day registration.
Are race Walkers allowed to register for the marathon or half marathon?
YES. However the Lake Placid Marathon & Lake Placid Half Marathon are running races and those who intend to walk the event must register as an official runner (and simply race-walk the course). All race rules apply including the six (6) hour course limit which is strictly enforced. Walkers must yield to runners while on the race course. All walkers who finish the race within the time limit get a Finisher Medal for their respective event.
What if I signed up for the Half Marathon and I now want to run the Full Marathon?
Simply send simple email with your full name, age and address for instructions to firstname.lastname@example.org . There is a $25.00 upcharge for the Half Marathon to Marathon switch. Once processed you will be sent a change of race confirmation via email.
What if I signed up for the Marathon and I want to SWITCH ENTRY to the Half Marathon or vise versa?
Simply email your request to email@example.com . Sorry, no refunds on the entry fee difference. You will be sent a change of race confirmation via email.
Are dogs allowed?
We love dogs! Unfortunately, for the safety of our runners they are not allowed on the course.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes! We are stroller-friendly.
Are Entry/Bib Transfers or Resale allowed?
NO. Transfer or resale are not allowed. This is because 1) to ensure that the athlete who signed up online or by mail is the same athlete who competes. Any variance of this skews the Race Results (age group, gender) for ALL participants. 2) The Lake Placid Marathon and the New York State Department of Transportation requires original signature on all required waivers and documents. Anyone caught facilitating or receiving unauthorized entry/bib transfers and/or resale of Race Entry/Bib will be immediately reported to the New York State authorities, USA Track & Field (Lake Placid Marathon & Half event sanctioning body) and be banned from all future Lake Placid Marathon & Half events.
When can I pick up my race packet?
The day before the race on Saturday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Race packet pickup for 2021 will be right next to the Lake Placid Public Beach. PHOTO I.D. and proof of vaccination is required.
Can I pick up my race packet on Race Day?
Yes. We will also have race day pick-up on race day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. We anticipate being very busy so we encourage you to pick up the day before. The stress of race day pickup is no fun! PHOTO I.D. Required. RACE DAY CHECK-IN IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
What does my race packet contain?
Your individual Race Bib with ChronoSystems “B” tag timing device and Event Athlete Gift. Race numbers must be attached to the front of the clothing on race day so course officials can determine which race the athlete is participating. Safety pins for attachment are provided.
What is the typical weather for race day?
Lake Placid is in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. Be prepared for a wide variety of weather patterns. The 2016 race saw temperarures in the low to high 70s and clear skies. 2017 was hot and windy. Monitor the Weather Link on our Home Page prior to the race and plan accordingly.
Is medical support available?
A First Aid tent will be present in the finish area Athlete Village.
Do finishers receive medals?
YES. All Marathon and Half Marathon finishers receive a high quality Lake Placid Marathon medal. Athletes love our quality medals! The course time limit for the Half Marathon & Full Marathon is six (6) hours.
What are the place prizes, what are the categories, and how deep do they go?
Categories in the marathon and half marathon are five-year age groups, awards are three (3) deep in each category.