Originally started in 1970 as a marathon run from Paul Smiths to Lake Placid, this family-friendly race has evolved into a beloved annual event featuring the beautiful Olympic Village of Lake Placid and some of the most breathtaking fall scenery in the Adirondacks. Each year an average of 550 athletes gather together for this amazing community race to help raise funds for a local cause and to enjoy the splendor of racing during peak fall foliage.
The 2023 Lake Placid Classic Half Marathon & 10K both begin and end at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds surrounded by the Olympic Ski Jumps, the 1980 Olympic Cauldron, and views of the breathtaking High Peaks. The race route encompasses two moderate hills, one at the start and one towards the end. The start time is 8:00 am, with the course closing at 12:00 pm.