The marathon and half-marathon were conceived, nurtured, and conducted by Westport veterinarian, Dr. Bob Lopez and an informal group of runners from the Lake Placid area. Bob was renowned in running circles for his promotion of running as a healthy life-style, and for supporting road races throughout the North Country, and as a result, was chosen as a torch bearer in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid. Throughout the 1970’s and into the 80’s, the half marathon was run in conjunction with a full marathon. The full 26.2 mile course was from Paul Smith’s to Lake Placid, with the 13.1 mile event run from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid. The full marathon ended in 1983 and the North Elba Park District assumed the organization of the half marathon from 1984-2011. The 2012 race was almost cancelled, due to unfortunate state budgetary restrictions affecting the North Elba Park District. As a result, the 40+ year history of the race was in jeopardy. A group of interested local individuals stepped forward and adopted the race…..and here we are!


This event has been known for being a “runner’s race”. It is maintained as an affordable event that is organized by and for runners, to promote health and the community. With this in mind, almost all of your race entries and sponsorships are donated to local youth organizations that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives local young people. It’s why we run!

This year, we run to support Connecting Youth and Communities, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and their efforts in helping to keep our local kids healthy in spirit, mind, and body.


The Lake Placid Classic is a friendly running event that takes participants through the beautiful village of Lake Placid during the spectacular early fall season. The starting line oozes with excitement, energetic music and plenty of pre-race activities to warm you up for your run. Once you cross the finish line enjoy music, food, and comparing race stories with new friends! This is a wonderful event the entire family can enjoy and a great reason for a fall weekend vacation in the Adirondacks.