This Adirondack village will, for the second time, host The Saranac Lake 6er Relay, a team relay race, on Saturday, October 13, beginning and ending at Berkeley Green, the site of the now-famous 6er Bell.
This first ever relay event kicked off last year with over twenty 6-person teams, and follows, by five years, the initial 6er race on May 25, 2013, and the Winter 6er Race on December 21 of that same year, both of which drew hundreds of hikers and prevailed amid unusual and difficult weather conditions which ironically broadened the marketing of this hiking challenge through word-of-mouth and social media.
As was the case last year, Panther Mountain will be substituted for Ampersand Mountain as the latter is precluded from organized events and races by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Mayor Clyde Rabideau commented, "Our 6er program, with nearly 3,000 registered hikers who've completed the ascent of our six peaks to date, has been a phenomenal success and our family-friendly relay event builds upon its solid foundation."
Each team will consist of six members who will, individually, ascend and descend one of the six peaks beginning with a shotgun start at 6 am from Berkeley Green in the center of the village's downtown. A team member will ascend their team's initial peak and then descend to hand-off a punch card to a team-member at the trailhead, with the next team member proceeding to the subsequent trail head to ascend and descend the next mountain and hand-off to another team member until all six peaks are completed.
Besides the overall Championship award, six other honors will also be bestowed: The Youngest Team; The Oldest Team; The Spirit Award; The team from Farthest Away; The First High School Team to finish, and; The First Collegiate Team to finish.
Qualifying details for each category, event rules as well as a relay race application may be downloaded online at SaranacLake6er.com
The official recording of finishers will end at 6 PM with an "honor system" recording thereafter. The event concludes 6 AM the next morning, October 14, 24 Hours from the start. An Award ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 14, at 8:30AM, at Berkeley Green.