Cooperstown will be hosting its first ever marathon this summer.
“It just took a few years,” said Doug McCoy, events director for the Clark Sports Center.
McCoy and the Clark Sports Center are organizing the Race The Lake Marathon and Race The Lake Half Marathon. Both races will take place for the first time on June 14, and will be run largely along the shores of Otsego Lake.
“I think its a great opportunity for locals to get involved,” said Kara Arnold, a trainer at the Clark Sports Center who will be running the half marathon. “A lot of races are out of town that are big, long distances.”
“The lake kind of designed it,” said McCoy when asked about the route of the Marathon. “I just had to find a few other miles.”
The marathon’s route starts at the Clark Sports Center and goes through Cooperstown, before making its way up the west side of Otsego Lake. It then goes to Springfield, before looping back to Otsego Lake and proceeding down the east side of the lake, finishing at the Clark Sports Center.
“There’s a lot of different areas that the marathon is going to touch,” said McCoy.
Indeed, in addition to passing through the communities of Cooperstown, Middlefield, Springfield and the Town of Otsego, the route passes by such area landmarks as the Glimmerglass Opera, The Farmers’ Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“It’s beautiful,” said McCoy, speaking on the course.”The scenery, the setting, the size of it.”
The half marathon will start at Abner Doubleday Campground, which is located just past the Glimmerglass Opera. Runners will make their way down the west side of Otsego Lake and finish, like their counterparts in the marathon, at the Clark Sports Center.