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April 17, 2014

Clark Sports Center to bring a marathon to Cooperstown

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“The course is going to be really neat,” said Arnold. 

Still, despite its scenic nature, McCoy said that the courses will be far from easy.

“It’s definitely a challenging course,” said McCoy. “There’s a couple climbs on it that are at least two miles.”

He said that the sheer distance covered by the two races made securing adequate staffing a vital part of making the Race The Lake Marathon and the Race The Lake Half Marathon possible.

“I wanted to make sure that we could actually staff it (the Marathon) … so the runners and the staff are safe,” said McCoy.

The race may also become a steppingstone for those interested running in another, far older, marathon.

McCoy said that James Gilmer, a member of the road running technical council for USA Track & Field, will be inspecting the route of the Race the Lake Marathon on May 3. If he certifies the course, this years race will be able to be used as a qualifier for next years Boston Marathon.

“As long as the course is exactly 26.2 (miles) and is chip timed it can be used as a qualifying course,” said McCoy.

In addition to allowing the race to serve as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, getting the course certified will allow it to be advertised through USATF as a certified Marathon.

The race may also be noteworthy for another reason.

“As far as I know Otsego County hasn’t (had a Marathon),” said McCoy, who added that he hadn’t done the research to confirm this.

Whether this does indeed turn out to be the case, the race does appear to be generating excitement within the community.

“There’s a handful of bed and breakfasts and private houses on the lake, and they’ve called and asked if they can set up water stations,” said McCoy. “This has generated more interest that way … than any other (event) I’ve done.”

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