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April 17, 2014

Clark Sports Center to bring a marathon to Cooperstown

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McCoy said that he would be accepting this help, as businesses and private citizens setting up water stations will free up volunteers for him to use elsewhere.

Arnold said she’s seen excitement around the event growing as well.

“Everyone’s coming and asking is this really true,” said Arnold. “It’s been spreading really quickly around the community.”

McCoy said that in this first year, he will cap the total number of runners participating in the marathon and half marathon at 200, although he does not plan to cap registration for next year’s races. So far, he said he has close to thirty people registered, but expects to have more as information about the race gets out.

“It’s my first race of this size,” said McCoy. “If I get 100 (registrants) I’ll be very happy.”

“I can totally see that,” said McCoy, when asked if he though the race would boost tourism. “It might bring people to this area who haven’t been here before.

He also said that he has been asked about lodging and accommodations by those registrants who are coming from out of the area.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of people interested in this,” said Arnold.

The marathon will start at 8:00 a.m. while the half marathon will start at 9:30 a.m. Entry fees for the marathon will be $55 before June 10, and $75 after. Entry fees for the half marathon will be $45 before June 10 and $60 after.

“We (Clark Sports Center) try to break even on races,” said McCoy, who noted that the Clark Sports Center organizes 10 to 12 races a year. “It’s not for a money raising thing, it’s actually for the community.”

He also said that they were looking for sponsors for the Race The Lake Marathon and the Race The Lake Half Marathon, both to provide prizes for top finishers and to alleviate the cost of safety equipment. While McCoy said that there has been interest, so far no sponsors have officially signed on.

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