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2020 Race the Lake Marathon & Half-Marathon Cancelled

Race Date

Our 7th annual race will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020. The race starts at 8:00am.

Sadly, with the spread of COVID-19 and the efforts to stop its spread, the 2021 Race the Lake Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 5K has been postponed.

We hope that you stay safe and healthy as our world faces this most difficult challenge.


USA Track & Field

The Road Running Technical Council has issued measurement certificates for the marathon and half marathon.

Marathon: NY17020JG
Half Marathon: NY14045JG

Race Location

The 26.2 race will begin at 8:00am, starting and ending at Glimmerglass State Park. The 13.1 race will begin at 8:00am, starting on State Highway 80, near the Fenimore Art Museum. The 5k race will begin at 9:00am in Glimmerglass State Park. All races finish together in Glimmerglass State Park.

Race Cost

26.2 Runner

Non-refundable entry fee is $65 per person if received on or before September 16 or $80 per person if received after September 16.

13.1 Runner

Non-refundable entry fee is $55 per person if received on or before September 16 or $70 per person if received after September 16.

5k Runner

Non-refundable entry fee is $20 per person.
Enter the 5k as a stand alone race or team up with a marathon runner! Both racers will have their finish times combined for a total time.

Race T-Shirt

Entrants who pre-register by August 28 will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Entrants registering on the day of the race will receive a T-shirt if available.

Race Registration

Register online, at the Clark Sports Center or download the entry form and mail it to The Clark Sports Center, Attn: Doug McCoy, P.O. Box 850, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Download The Race Registration Form

Race Waiver Form

All runners must have a Clark Sports Center waiver form on file. Children 18 and under must have this waiver signed by a parent. Waivers will be available on at the race or can be downloaded and printed from our site.

Race Awards

Race medals will be distributed to every finisher as they cross the finish line.

Awards will be distributed to the overall best male and female times, as well as the top three male and female finishers in each age group. Awards will be presented for the following categories:

  • Teen: 19 years old & under
  • 20–29 years old;
  • 30–39 years old;
  • 40–49 years old;
  • 50–59 years old;
  • 60–69 years old;
  • 70 and above.

Event Schedule & Times

9:00am–6:00pm • Bags may be picked up at The Clark Sports Center.

6:30–7:30am • Marathon Runners: Day of registration and bag pick-up at Glimmerglass State Park.

6:30–7:30am • Half-Marathon Runners: Day of registration and bag pick up at the Half-Marathon start (5838 State Hwy 80 Cooperstown, NY 13326).

8:00am • Marathon start

8:00am • Half-marathon start

9:00am • 5k start

Race Finish • A post race lunch is included for all racers and other choices available for sale.

Vans will transport Half-Marathon racers after the race from Glimmerglass State Park to the start area of the Half-Marathon, where Half-Marathon racers will park their vehicles. After their finish, the last van will leave Glimmerglass State Park at 3:00pm.

Course Map


The Race will circle clockwise around the picturesque Otsego Lake. Runners will travel through Cooperstown, Springfield, Middlefield and the Town of Otsego. You will have views of the lake almost all the way as you pass Glimmerglass Opera, The Farmers Museum, The Otesaga Resort Hotel and several other landmarks. Both of the races will be challenging, not only for the mileage, but also the elevation changes. It’s the perfect setting for a marathon!

Click here to view the 5K Race Map

Click here to view the 13.1 Race Map

Click here to view the 26.2 Race Map

Water Stations

We have 15 water/aid stations ready to go with very eager volunteers! GU, HONEY STINGERS and POWER AID will be available at several stations.

Click here to view the water station and course safety map (PDF, 143KB)

Course Restrooms

There are three areas where portable restrooms will be available on the course.

2020 Sponsors

Click here to download the 2020 Race the Lake Marathon sponsorship form (PDF, 719 KB)