The 8th Annual Great Adirondack Trail Run is now history!
More than 70 runners of all ages successfully completed the 3.5 mile run over Baxter Mountain, and nearly the same number conquered the challenging 11.5 mile course which climbed to the summit of Hopkins Mountain and descended over Spread Eagle Mountain. Runners encountered everything from easy dirt roads, to scrambles up steep rock and knee-deep wades through beaver ponds.
Runners on the 11.5 mile course were greeted at the summit of Hopkins – the highest point on the course – by employees of the Mountaineer, one of whom hauled 5 gallons of water to the summit and set up an impromptu “aid station” on this otherwise unsupported run.
Photos were snapped and all runners’ spirits were high (despite being a bit muddy) as they took in some water along with an amazing vista.
Course records fell this year in both the men’s and women’s divisions. George Adams claimed the top spot in the 11.5 mile run for the fourth time, breaking the men’s record with a time of 1:44:09.
Carly Wynn claimed first place among the women on the 11.5 mile course, also breaking the course record with a time of 1:59:17.
This year’s winners of the 3.5 mile run were Scott Mooney, age 13, who claimed his second victory in a row with a finishing time of 24:18. Nina Armstrong, age 15, claimed the top women’s spot, with a time of 28:30. Congratulations to the winners and all runners alike!
Runners and their families gathered at the Keene Valley Country Club following the races to enjoy some much deserved food and drink. Our good friends Dirt Road played great tunes while runners cooled off in the river.
This event could not have succeeded without the support of our sponsors, and the generosity of many local organizations and businesses. Thanks to the Keene Valley Country Club for graciously allowing the Mountaineer to host our awards ceremony and celebration on your grounds.
Also, we extend our thanks to AuSable and Boquet River Associations, who provided all of the food at the post-race BBQ, and to the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery for the cold beer! This year’s support for the two River Associations was particularly valuable due to the extensive damage that Hurricane Irene inflicted on the region last fall, and we look forward to supporting them again next year.
Thanks again for coming, and we hope you had as good a time as we did.
See you at next year’s race!
Runner photo gallery: