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May 8, 2014

New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run set

CROWN POINT — The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was supposed to be a one-time affair to celebrate the opening of the new span connecting the two states.

That was the plan, but the inaugural race was such a hit it’s become an annual event — the 3rd-annual New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run will be contested at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17.

“It’s become a very successful race,” Nancy Ockrin, co-chair of the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Packet pick up and day race registration will be 8:30-9:45 a.m. on the grounds of the British fort ruins within the Crown Point State Historic Site. People can also register in advance online at www.active.com and by mailing registration forms to Ockrin at PO Box 33, Crown Point 12928. Registration forms are available online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website, www.lachute.us

The registration fee is $25. A family rate is available, costing $10 for each child who registers with a parent. Checks should be made payable to the LaChute Road Runners Club.

For more information contact Ockrin at momockrin@gmail.com, call 597-3754 or go online at www.lachute.us

The 3.1-mile race is sponsored by the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce and the Ticonderoga-based LaChute Road Runners Club.

The race will begin at the Samuel deChamplain Lighthouse in the New York State campsite and follow a pedestrian path along the Lake Champlain shore, under the bridge, to the historic site. The race will finish near the historic site museum in front of the bridge. The course is mostly grass and dirt with some asphalt.

“It’s a great course,” Matt Karkoski of the LaChute Road Runners said. “The scenery is absolutely beautiful, there are no traffic issues and the course is a lot of fun. I love this course.”

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