New York , US: Registration is open for the Roller Coaster Race, a 10K race and 5K run/walk set to take place at The Great Escape, a Six Flags theme park located near Lake George, New York, on Saturday, July 16. The event encourages fitness and entertainment for all skill levels and ages in conjunction with the original-concept roller coaster event, Roller Coaster Ride.
The 10K race and 5K run/walk will take place at 7:30 am, prior to the park opening. The race courses run through and around the park, featuring beautiful up-close views of the park’s roller coasters and rides, and the surrounding scenery in Lake George. Race participants are eligible to compete for cash prizes as the events’ top finishers.
Roller coaster enthusiasts and runners alike can also sign up for the optional Roller Coaster Ride. Registered participants can earn a medal when they ride a cumulative “5K ride distance” along the tracks of The Great Escape’s six thrilling coasters.
Participants can register for a run, the Roller Coaster Ride event, or both. Every event registration includes free admission to the theme park, free parking, a commemorative tech t-shirt, and a race finisher medal. The park will also offer one hour of exclusive ride time on several of the parks’ coasters to participants prior to the park opening to the public following the running race. The Great Escape Lodge is also offering a 15% discount for race participants on room reservations on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. Participants may use the promotional code “SPEED” to secure the discount when reserving their rooms.
Roller Coaster Race supports the following local charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks and the Moreau Community Center. In addition to choosing to fundraise for these organizations, participants may elect to donate to the local charities when they register for their chosen events.
Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director, says of hosting the race in Lake George, “The Great Escape is a beautiful venue and an ideal setting for the Roller Coaster Race. The park is home to a host of amazing attractions that bring people from all over the region to this gorgeous Adirondack setting.”
“We are thrilled to be hosting the Roller Coaster Race here at The Great Escape,” says Eric Gilbert, Six Flags Great Escape Resort president. “Racing through the park, plus adding an additional experience of tracking the same mileage on the roller coasters- including the new ‘Greezed Lightnin’ coaster- are the perfect way to combine fun and fitness into one unique, adrenaline-charged experience.”
Roller Coaster Race is a national running series that partners with theme and amusement parks across the country to create family destination events combining fitness and entertainment. Launched in 2014 and first of its kind, Roller Coaster Race will held six events in 2015. Roller Coaster Race’s parent company, WorldStrides, is the nation’s largest and most respected accredited travel organization. Over the course of fifty years and across ninety countries, WorldStrides has worked extensively with student groups, families, and teams attending sports tournaments, amusement parks, music and theater festivals, bowl games, and jamborees.
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