Saturday’s Race the Lake Marathon and Half-Marathon hasn’t begun yet, but it has already set a fast pace.
The race, organized by the Clark Sports Center, had more than 125 participants signed up ahead of a mid-week deadline, according to Doug McCoy, special event coordinator.
“It’s past my expectations,” McCoy said on Monday, two days before the final deadline. “We are over 125 runners for a combined race total as of now. We are getting more every day.”
Both the marathon and half-marathon will be run largely along Otsego Lake on Saturday morning. The marathon begins at the Clark at 8 a.m. The half-marathon will start at the Doubleday Campground in Springfield at 9:30 a.m. Shuttles will be available to take half-marathon runners from the Clark to the starting line.
Both races will finish at the Clark, and will go around the lake clockwise.
McCoy said that Race the Lake will be the first accredited marathon in Otsego County. Runners can use the event to qualify for the New York or Boston marathons.
Volunteers will be all around the lake helping the runners and the organizers.
Volunteer participation has exceeded McCoy’s expectations too, he said.
“We have over 50 volunteers giving up a Saturday to help,” he said. “Many residents and business owners on the lake are graciously staffing water aid stations.”
Mt Wellington Market at 7471 State Highway 80, will having a cheering and viewing section.
“We are very excited to be a part of the Race the Lake experience,” said owner Will Gibson. “What a great way to showcase Lake Otsego. I hope this event continues to grow year after year.”
The market is still looking for volunteers to staff the water table. And Gibson said he will also do his part to avoid distracting the runners.
“Even though the market will be open during the event, we’ll try to keep the old-fashioned doughnut sandwiches out of the runners’ sights,” he said.
Hyde Hall, the Otesaga and the Glimmerglass Opera House and other businesses are also hosting water areas.
“The community involvement has surpassed any of my hopes and (we) greatly appreciate all of their help,” McCoy said.