Run the Doc Lopez
Doc Lopez Run for Health
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Participate in the Doc Lopez Run for Health half marathon or 5K race to support the UVM Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital.
Join us for the Doc Lopez Run for Health and enjoy breathtaking views along the half marthon or 5K course in Essex County, New York. A gorgeous course and good cause make this race a must-run.
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This half marathon is for the hardy! The 13.1-mile race takes participants through Keene Valley in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and into Elizabethtown for food and awards. The 5K, and out and back course in Elizabethtown, is a fun alternative for runners and walkers. Grab-and-go snacks and an awards ceremony will be held after the race. Sign up here.
40 Years and Running: History of Doc Lopez Run for Health
Dr. Robert “Doc” Lopez, a veterinarian and accomplished runner, started a special tradition when he carried the torch for the 1980 Winter Olympics through Westport and Elizabethtown, New York. Running up and over Adirondack “hills” became the foundation for a beloved, local Adirondack running event, the Doc Lopez Run for Health. The race has been held for more than 40 years in Elizabethtown, New York.
Doc was an avid runner and completed the Boston and New York City marathons among others as he achieved 60 marathons by age 60. He loved the outdoors and encouraged others to get moving outside through the many races he organized, including the Westport 24-Hour Marathon, Whiteface Mountain Uphill Race, Frostbite Run five-miler around Mirror Lake, and the Sara-Placid Marathon from Paul Smith’s College to Lake Placid.
His love of running was passed on to his 14 children and, today, his daughter, Sue, carries on the Run for Health tradition as race director. Though the race route and charity have changed since it was first held in 1980, the event has always been about inspiring people to get outdoors and run for a good cause.
The Doc Lopez Run for Health is, “a race for the hardy,” requiring half marathoners to climb the challenging Spruce Hill between Keene Valley and Elizabethtown. The scenic 13.1-mile course starts in Keene Valley and takes runners via NY Route 9N into Elizabethtown. The 5 k invites athletes of all levels to get a 5K PR on a relaxed, fairly flat out and back walk or jog course.