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KEENE VALLEY — If you like running in the backcountry, the Great Adirondack Trail Run on Saturday, June 20 is for you.

There are two runs. The first is a strenuous 11.5-mile run (2900 feet of vertical gain and 3100 feet of loss) up the back side of Hopkins Mountain and down to Keene Valley via the private roads off of Beede Road, and a 3.5-mile fun run from Baxter Mountain Tavern to Keene Valley. The 11.5-mile run starts on private land, and the entire final portion in Keene Valley is on private land. Registration has been severely limited, and runners will be individually staggered out of respect for the public trail portion of the run. The 3.5-mile fun run is entirely on private land. All trail runners, hikers and walkers, young and old, are welcome to enjoy this event. Both runs are self-supported, with no aid stations—runners are responsible for staying on course and carrying what they need to complete the runs.

All runners and hikers must be pre-registered for the 11.5-mile run, while 3.5-milers can sign up at any time.

The main event will begin at 9 a.m., with runners starting one at a time in a staggered format (one per minute). The fun run will begin at 10 a.m. from the Baxter Mountain Tavern on state Route 9N between Keene and Elizabethtown. A shuttle will be available from the parking/finish area at Riverside in Keene Valley to the trailhead for both runs. There will be a celebration of spring with food, beer, raffles starting at 11 a.m., with awards at 2 p.m.

This charity event supports the AuSable and Bouquet River Associations.

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