WILMINGTON – Racers ready! The 36th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Foot Race, a run to the North Pole, will return to the Olympic mountain and Wilmington on Sept. 14.
The eight-mile-long race takes runners from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada to the summit of New York State’s fifth highest peak.
The 3,500-foot climb will begin at the base of the mountain’s Veterans’ Memorial Highway, wind through Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, and finish at more than 4,600 feet above sea level.
Once at the top, racers will be able to relax, catch their breath and take in the 360-degree autumn panoramic view of the Adirondacks, New England and even Montreal, Quebec, to the north.
For the first 34 years, the event organized by the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau, was run in June, preceding the uphill bike race, however; last year race organizers moved the event to September to attract even more competitors.
This year, the race will be a part of the 10th annual Festival of Colors.
“Our goal is to keep growing the event year after year,” said Michelle Burns, the bureau’s director. “This year, with the addition of Santa’s Workshop as the presenting sponsor and including the event in the popular Festival of Colors, we hope that we not only attract running enthusiasts, but entire families too, so that they can not only be a part of the race, but a part of all that the community and region has to offer.”
The Festival of Colors, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a traditional hometown celebration of autumn featuring a wide variety of free and family activities including games, face painting, arts and crafts, horse and pony rides, bake-offs and of course food and music. There also will be special guest appearances from Santa’s Workshop characters.
The race’s awards ceremony also will take place during the festival.
Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the men and women’s divisions, junior (under 19) division, military and Santa division, which is open to all competitors in a Santa costume.
Awards also will be presented for the best finishing “King and Queen of the Hill”. These special awards aregiven to the top man and woman who compete in both the uphill run and bike race.
Registration for the 36th annual Whiteface Uphill Foot Race is $40 for adults, $30 for military members, $20 for juniors and $35 for racers who compete in both the bike and uphill races.
To register for the event, log on to www.runreg.com.
For more information about the run and the Festival of Colors, visit www.whitefaceregion.com.
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