This will be the 3rd year for a new time, day and season for the Marathon. We added the marathon to accompany the half-marathon last year. The two runs are some of New York State's, even nationally challenging, and yet scenic runs. The half-marathon takes you through parts of three counties, the marathon through four counties. That curious fact for the marathon should put us as number one in the nation in that category.
The half-marathon course, of 45 years remains the same, but with new start and finish lines. It includes circling the lake, then the continuation of the sights, sounds, and smells of fresh country air intensity as you leae the dam, near the half-way point. As you head south for the finish line the vews unfold of the valley's and the village to the east.
The marathon takes in the first 12.1 miles of the half-marathon before turning south, then east at about the 17 mile point. Beginning around the 20 mile marker one heads northwest and gradually ascends to Tromptown's own but short "heartbreak hill". From 22-25 miles one is heading west, finish line bound, descending with a wide panoramic view of three valleys and their surrounding hills. The last mile is level in the village.
The marathon and half-marathon are loop courses. They start very near the finish line in front of the school. Both are newly certified. With the new marathon and moving the start and finish lines for the half-marathon new certifications were required.
This year we are added a 5K run, A level, out and back course.
The three runs will help to support various community endeavors.