No Warrior Run this year

Saranac Lake High Schoolers Wyatt Foley and Sierra O’Mahoney clamber through one of many obstacles on the Tupper Lake Warrior Run last July. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

TUPPER LAKE — The seventh Tupper Lake Warrior Run has been canceled, but event organizers are starting to plan 2019’s race now, to ensure that it happens.

This year’s run is not happening because of a communication mix-up between the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce’s events coordinator and the venue organizers from Doug Bencze’s land near the Raquette River Brewery, the chamber’s president Sonny Young said.

According to Young, the coordinator got conflicting information from the organizers, with one saying the venue would be open and another saying there was a wedding planned for the same day. Apparently, the wedding and Warrior Run were supposed to take place on the same day, but the chamber’s events coordinator was not told that and they were not able to find another location for the 4-plus-mile race.

The Big Tupper Ski Area, where the Warrior Run was held for its first five years, was not available this year as the Adirondack Club and Resort, which owns it, has it under construction to open for the ski season this winter.

The Warrior Run attracted 140 competitors from as far as Texas and Florida, and had many spectators show up to see the racers haul through mud pits, hurl themselves over walls and climb through tunnels to reach the finish line.

“The chamber is really looking forward to putting it on next year,” Young said. “If we could have it at the ski center, that would be great. If not, we will find a secondary location.”

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