Running from the Flies 5K Race Long Lake NY Adirondacks

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Do you have what it takes to outrun a Blackfly? Find out on June 2, 2012 in Long Lake, NY at the first ever Running from the Flies 5K running race at John Dillon Park in the Adirondacks.

The Town of Long Lake in partnership with John Dillon Park, International Paper and Paul Smith’s College announces the first Running from the Flies 5K running race on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10am. This trail race is a mixture of running, endurance and adventure and a chance to outrun the Adirondack Blackfly.

The Adirondack Blackfly is a biting insect who arrives for a temporary visit mid-May through June. Running from the Flies 5K race dares contestants to see if they've got what it takes to outrun one of the most detested, peskiest creatures in the Adirondacks.

The 5K race will follow a route along trails and dirt roads in John Dillon Park along Grampus Lake located near Long Lake, NY. The 5K course is a dirt road and widened gravel pathways featuring some flat terrain, gradual hills and some rocks along the roadway. Some sections of trail follow interior packed gravel paths within John Dillon Park and other sections of the trail follow dirt roads around the perimeter of the property.

Pre-registration fee is $15 per person or $20 day of the race. Only pre-registrations are guaranteed T-shirts for additional $5 fee. The race kicks off at 10am. Restrooms are on site, water stations and brown bag lunches will be provided to contestants. Parking will available one mile north of the entrance to John Dillon Park and shuttle vans will start at 8am to move participants and spectators to the Welcome Center.

Trophies will be awarded to the overall top male and female runners.
Age categories are broken out into: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over

Time: 10am – race Start time
    8:30am – 10am – Registration $15
    Brown bag Lunch included
    Pre-registration by May 21st to guarantee T-shirt order ($5)

John Dillon Park is located at 2150 Tupper Road/Route 30 in Long Lake NY is owned by International Paper and managed by Paul Smith’s College. It is a mobility accessible campground on the shores of Grampus Lake located in Long Lake, NY. The campground is open to everyone and offers free on-site lean to camping making the natural landscape of the Adirondacks available to everyone, especially people with disabilities.

John Dillon Park boasts nine lean-to’s built for accessibility. There are wide trails, flat throughout the park to accommodate wheelchairs so anyone can enjoy the beauty and natural surroundings along Grampus Lake and a new site on Handsome Pond.

Directions to the park:

From the NYS Thruway (I-90):
Exit 27 at Amsterdam; north on Route 30 through the villages of Speculator, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Long Lake. Campground is 4 miles north on Route 30 from Long Lake Village on the right side of the road.

From Tupper Lake:
Route 30 south, 15.5 miles from Village of Tupper Lake, left side of the road.

From Adirondack Northway (I-87), Exit 23 at Warrensburg; Route 9 north to Route 28 west to Indian Lake Village; Route 30 north to Long Lake. Campground is 4 miles north of Village of Long Lake on the right side of the road.

From Adirondack Northway (1-87), Exit 29 at North Hudson/Newcomb; (Blue Ridge Road) west on 28N through Newcomb to Long Lake. Campground is 4 miles north on Route 30 from Long Lake Village on the right side of the road.

For more information contact Long Lake Parks and Recreation at 518-624-3077 or by checking out for registration materials.

For more information about John Dillon Park visit

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