XC teams set to host winter 5Ks

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid modified and varsity cross country teams will host a string of winter runs called the Slippery Slope 5K Series starting next year to raise funds for multiple invitationals and travel expenses.

The village Board of Trustees approved the events at its meeting Monday night.

The dates for the Slippery Slope series are not yet official, but the proposed dates are Jan. 6, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14.

The 5Ks will all follow the same course: starting on School Street, looping around Station Street, Trilium Drive, Hurley Avenue, Newman Road and Sentinel Road before ending back at the starting point.

The races would start at 10 a.m. and would be expected to end at 11:30 a.m.

The teams hope to make it to two major cross country meets in 2018: the Manhattan Cross Country Invitational in the Bronx and the Disney Cross Country Classic in Orlando.

Modified cross country coach Hailey Fremante said the 5K races will cost $25 each to run in; however, “if people register for all four races, then the cost will be discounted to $80.” People who register for all four races will also receive free hats.

“We’re expecting to raise $5,000,” Fremante said. The money raised at the 5Ks wouldn’t cover all the expenses, so there will be other fundraising events as well.

The team conducted a similar run this past fall at the Mount Van Hoevenberg cross-country ski complex. Fremante said the teams would also like to raise money through a silent auction and a children’s summer training camp, which would be instructed by varsity runners, in 2018.

“We’re trying to get local interest among the kids in Lake Placid,” she said.