KEENE VALLEY - Queensbury runner Carly Wynn moved up two spots from last year to claim the top women's spot in the Great Adirondack Trail Run on Saturday in Keene Valley.
Wynn finished the 11.5-mile course in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 17 seconds, meeting her goal of finishing the race in less than two hours and setting the course record for women in the process.
"I was really satisfied with making my own goal, and to find out I won was definitely a surprise and just really, really nice," the 19-year-old Wynn said. "I've been doing this for four years now, so to finally win it is really exciting."
George Adams races to a first-place finish in the Great Adirondack Trail Run Saturday in Keene Valley.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
Wynn edged out 22-year-old Corrine Malcom, who took second place among women with a time of 2:00.20 seconds.
A year ago, Malcom took second in the race and Wynn was third. Saranac Lake's Annelies Cook, last year's winner, didn't race Saturday. Cook had held the course record with a time of 2:02.22.
All three women are nordic skiers. Wynn is on the Darmouth cross-country ski team, while Cook and Malcom are on the U.S. National Biathlon Team that trains in Lake Placid.
Malcom actually held the course record for a few minutes Saturday because she left ahead of Wynn. The race has a staggered start with runners leaving a minute apart.
In the men's race, George Adams claimed the top spot for the fourth time after finishing in second place the past two years. He also broke the overall course record finishing in 1:44:09.
"Today, I felt like a million bucks," he said. "I knew that I was racing well, and I was very fortunate to feel that good and have a good race, so I'm glad."
The Gilsum, N.H. resident said this year's race was especially important to him because he's suffered the loss of his parents about year ago and lost a good friend Joe Szot, of Keene, in March of this year.
"My mom actually died (Sunday) a year ago and then a good friend of mine, Joe Szot, he just passed. I was a good friend of his," Adams said. "I needed to do some special things today. It was good to get back on the top and have some fun."
Matt Harrison of Lake Placid took second place in 1:44.47.
This was the eighth annual Great Adirondack Trail Run, a charity event that raises money for the AuSable and Boquet River associations. It is organized by The Mountaineer gear store in Keene Valley.
The event consisted of two runs, a strenuous 11.5-mile course with 2,900 feet of vertical gain and a 3,100 descent. The course started on private land near the Baxter Mountain Tavern and headed into the Forest Preserve up the back side of Hopkins Mountain, then finished on private land in Keene Valley. The other race was a 3.5-mile fun run from Baxter Mountain Tavern to Keene Valley.
The 3.5-mile race was dominated by teenagers. Scott Mooney took first place for the second year in a row with a time of 24:18. Karl Schulz finished behind him in 26:23.
The top female finisher was Nina Armstrong, who had a time of 28:30.