Runners go the distance in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE – A year ago, the field in the Tupper Lake Marathon had to deal with hot conditions while they were competing in both half- and full-distance runs in and around the village known as the crossroads of the Adirondacks.

Under temperatures more conducive to running this time around, the third annual Tupper Lake Marathon was held Sunday, and included 18 finishers in the full marathon and just under 100 who entered the event’s 13.1-mile race.

A Vermonter and a Capital District runner who were first-time competitors in the race were the top finishers in the full marathon. Steven Trull of Burlington, Vt. ran away with the men’s title after finishing in 2 hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds, and Daniele Chemiak of Cohoes won the women’s crown with a 3:25:42 finish.

Kara Kavanaugh-Defoe was the women’s runner-up and third overall with a 3:30:24 finish. Jim Pelton of Mannsville captured second place for the men and fourth overall in 3:42:54.

Matt Paul was the top finisher from the Tri-Lakes in the marathon. The Saranac Lake resident finished in 3:58:49 to take sixth place overall. Lisa Meissner of Tupper Lake was also in the women’s field. She finished in 4:36:18.

Bloomingdale’s Doug Hazelden was the fastest overall finisher and men’s champion in the half marathon. After taking second place two years ago the first time the race was held, the 53-year-old took home the title Sunday with a 1:32:21 finish. Jeff Thibodeau of Bennington, Vt. was a close second, finishing 34 seconds off Hazelden’s winning pace. Thibodeau just edged out 60-year-old Terry Stanley of Eldred, Pa., who was one second back in third place.

Janne Rand, formerly of Lake Placid and now a doctor living in Albany, won the women’s half-marathon race. The 28-year-old finished in 1:34:48, which was also good enough for fourth overall. Oswegatchie’s Olivia Langevin was the women’s runner-up, finishing in 1:51:17.

The majority of runners in the race hailed from across the North Country, and there was also a good contingent of Canadians and Vermonters entered. Other states represented included Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Tennessee.