Adirondack Races: Whiteface Marathon and Inlet Black Fly Mountain Bike Challenge

You don't have to run a marathon or bike a long distance race. This weekend there are opportunities to be an "armchair athlete" while watching these two great events.

People are out and about in the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is hosting its 7th annual Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon while all weekend between Inlet and Indian Lake, mountain bikers will be around preparing for or participating in the Black Fly Challenge.

Since the mid-90's Inlet has hosted the mountain bike challenge, appropriately named,  the Black  Fly Challenge. This mountain bike race alters each year between a start in  Indian Lake and Inlet.  This year the shuttle will leave Inlet for Indian Lake so races can prepare the the long distance race.

Black Fly Challenge Schedule of Events

Indian Lake to Inlet

Friday June 10th – Pre-Race Registration Day
9a.m. – 9p.m.: Pre-Race Registration @ 
Pedals & Petals, Rt 28, Inlet
Saturday June 11th – RACE DAY!
8:00a.m.: Shuttle Leaves Inlet for Indian Lake
8:00a.m.-10:00a.m.: Registration, at Byron Park, Rt. 28, Indian Lake
10:15a.m.: Official’s Instructions – Be on the starting line!
10:30a.m.: Race Begins
12 noon: Post Race Party begins at Inlet’s Fern Park
3:00p.m.: Awards Ceremony
4:00p.m.: Shuttle Leaves Inlet for Indian Lake
Sunday June 12th – Trail Exploration Day!
Grab a map at a local bike shop or visitor center and hit the trails!

In Lake Placid, the two road races will take place June 12 starting at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers are still needed if anyone wishes to help. 
The marathon is a two loop course (see both maps) and is a fun family-friendly event.  The Half Marathon is a one loop course. All starts are at the Olympic Speed-skating Oval on Main Street in Lake Placid. 

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