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2020 Race the Lake Marathon & Half-Marathon

Race Date

Our 7th annual race will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The race starts at 8:00am.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Race the Lake has been rescheduled.

The 2020 Race the Lake Marathon, ½ Marathon and 5K, previously scheduled for Saturday, June 6, in Cooperstown, will be rescheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020.

This very difficult decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the event does not contribute to the spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such a large event in June given ongoing guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials. We take the safety and health of our runners, staff, and community very seriously – it is our number one priority.

Please understand that the greatest factor in this process has been, and continues to be, your safety and well-being. Because of the rapid way this has developed, we didn’t feel it was prudent to cancel the event much further in advance than this. We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure we were making the most informed decision, while not waiting too long and making it impossible for you to change your plans.

We understand that this postponement may disrupt your plans to participate on the rescheduled date. Therefore, we have suspended our “no refund” policy. Additionally, we are providing you with a couple alternative options to choose from.

We are asking for your help, cooperation and patience through this unprecedented process. In that spirit, please review the options below carefully. Actions may be required on your part.

Here is a summary of your options:

  • Participate on the postponement date. No action is required on your part!
  • Get a refund. Race the Lake typically has a no refund policy; however, we understand that these are extraordinary circumstances. We will refund your registration fee, minus the processing fee. Your refund will be processed after the selection deadline of June 1, at 12:00 PM.
  • One-time complimentary transfer to 2021. You will be able to register for the 2021 race (Saturday, June 5, 2021) at no additional charge. You will receive instructions on how to do this prior to next year’s race.
  • Donate your registration fee. Events like Race the Lake are expensive and significant costs have been incurred already. We are a non-profit organization that operates year-round community outreach initiatives and generates economic activity for our community. Generous donations like these will help to keep our mission running through this unprecedented challenge.

REMINDER: You must make your selection by June 1, 2020, at 12:00 PM. Based on your selection, you may receive further communication after the selection deadline.

We promise to stay in communication throughout this process and certainly invite your questions, but please be patient as we navigate things at this time. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner as you have come to expect, but as you can imagine the email and call volume is very high. We will also post regular updates on our social media channels so please consider following us there if you don’t already.

Thank you for your support. Please stay safe and look out for each other. We must stay apart for now so that we can come together like never before.

Hang in there!
The Clark Sports Center Events Team


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

Friday, September 18
9:00am–6:00pm • Bags may be picked up at The Clark Sports Center.

Saturday, September 19
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)