For the 14th year, Keene Valley’s The Mountaineer is using The Great Adirondack Trail Race to help educate about fragile river ecosystems. Located right on the Ausable River, The Mountaineer’s outdoor specialty store provides all the right equipment for hiking, fly-fishing, skiing, rock climbing, and of course trail running.
According to Assistant Manager Chuck Bruha, all The Mountaineer events are used as community fundraisers, but the Great Adirondack Trail Race has always been earmarked to support the Ausable and Boquet River Associations.
“At the Mountaineer we are outdoor enthusiasts,” says Bruha. “Our shop is located right on the Ausable River. We understand the importance of the health of the river systems. All the events we organize are fundraisers for other organizations, but The Great Adirondack Trail Run always supports the river. We hope this event gives the Ausable and Boquet River Associations a place to maximize their voices.”
There are two trail run options: a 11.5-mile strenuous run up the backside of Hopkins Mountain and down to Keene Valley, or a 3.5-mile from Baxter Mountain Tavern to The Mountaineer. Registration is required for and limited for the 11.5-mile run with participants individually staggered out of respect for the public portion of the trail. The Fun Run is self-supported and completely on private land with no aid stations. All participants are required to carry everything needed with them. All “Fun Runners” may register at any time. Anyone littering is immediately disqualified according to Bruha.
“The whole weekend is a party and celebration of spring,” says Bruha,” We all get so busy during the summer so this is a fun kickoff to the season. Saturday is all about the trail run, the river associations, live music, food and drink while Sunday’s demo and vendor village is targeted toward the hiking community.”
The Adirondack Trail Run is June 9 with a 9 am start for the 11.5-milers and 10 am start for the Fun Run. The festivities culminate at The Keene Valley Country Club with BBQ and live music at 11 am with awards at 2 pm. On June 10, Sunday, The Mountaineer has gathered gear reps and manufacturers for a tent village from 10 am – 4pm at The Garage Sale (The Mountaineer’s outlet shop just down the road).
“We want people to be able to stop by, talk to reps, and try out new gear,” says Bruha. “We have a loop set up so people can really try things out in the woods. There will also be food from the Kreature Butcher Shop Food Truck, beverages from Ledgehill Brewery, and even samples from our local distillery, Gristmill Whiskey.”