The Great Adirondack Trail Run
This charity event supports the Ausable and Boquet River Associations, provides an educational opportunity for children and adults about our sensitive river ecosystems and gives our guests and locals alike a chance to enjoy the mountains, get some exercise and celebrate the spring and black fly season before the summer arrives and the trails get busy.
There are two runs: an 11.5 mile strenuous run (2900′ of vertical gain and 3100′ of loss) up the back side of Hopkins Mountain and down to Keene Valley, and a 3.5 mile fun run from Baxter Mountain Tavern to Keene Valley. The 11.5 mile run starts on private land, and the entire final portion in Keene Valley is on private land. Registration has been severely limited and runners will be individually staggered out of respect for the public trail portion of the run. The 3.5 mile fun run is entirely on private land and all trail runners, hikers and walkers, young and old, are welcome to enjoy this event. Both runs are self-supported, with no aid stations–runners are responsible for staying on course and carrying what they need to complete the runs.
The Mountaineer is grateful to the state of New York and to the private land owners for allowing us to host this event. Our small hamlet is surrounded by state land and this charity run would not be possible without venturing onto such land, which encompasses 70% of the town of Keene.
All runners and hikers must be pre-registered for the 11.5 mile run, while 3.5 milers can sign up at any time. We hope you will join us in supporting these two grassroots environmental groups.
Sponsors Patagonia, Salomon, Julbo, La Sportiva, Vasque, Darn Tough, Montrail, OR, Trail Runner Magazine and Lake Placid Pub & Brewery will donate prizes for the top runners as well as great booty for all participants. Everyone gets a T-shirt, too! All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ausable and Boquet River Associations.
The 11.5 mile run will begin at 9 AM, with runners starting one at a time in a staggered format (one per minute). The 3.5 mile fun run will begin at 10 AM from the Baxter Mountain Tavern on Rte 9N between Keene and Elizabethtown, also with a staggered start. A shuttle will be available from the parking/finish area at the Mountaineer in Keene Valley to the trailhead for both runs. Come for the run, stay for the festivities! There will be a celebration of Spring with great music, food, beer and more starting at 11 AM, with awards at 2 PM.
Rules: This is a wilderness trail run. There will be no support–participants are on their own from start to finish, and will need their own water, food and all other supplies. Any volunteers stationed on the course will be there to make sure runners take the right trail–they will not have water, food, moleskin, etc. We are privileged to be allowed to hold the race on such a wonderful course, and we need to respect that this is a wilderness area. Anyone caught littering will be immediately disqualified; if you drop an energy packet by accident, pick it up. Our permission to hold this run rests on the behavior of the runners: please take it upon yourself to leave no trace.