6th Annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run & Festival — Saturday, June 17, 2023 

Welcome to beautiful Wilmington, NY, the home of Whiteface Mountain and the 6th annual Whiskey Run 5K and 10K!

The Annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run and Festival, to benefit the Wilmington Historical Society’s building fund, takes place at Preston Field in Wilmington. Race options include a 5K race and a 10K race, as well as a Virtual Option. Run participants receive a t-shirt, a race completion medal, and “swag” from our local businesses. Awards are given in men’s and women’s categories for both the 5K and 10K races for the first, second, and third places. Following the run, have some fun at the Whiskey Run Festival

But why a Whiskey Run you ask? As it turns out, the area has quite a storied history with liquor, legal and otherwise. During the War of 1812, Wilmington supplied good rye whiskey to the American troops at the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of their daily ration. During prohibition with its proximity to Canada, Wilmington residents provided a temporary haven for bootleggers crossing the border, and until recently, Wilmington was home to US Barrel, a whiskey barrel cooperage. So with our somewhat checkered history and natural beauty, we invite you to join us for the annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run on June 17, 2023, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Preston Festival Field in Wilmington. Following the race is the awards ceremony with food available for purchase at Preston Festival Field. Run participants will receive a t-shirt and a “swag bag” filled with quality local goods. Run finishers will receive a medal. 

Race details

The Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run offers the following race classes. The race begins at 9:30 a.m.

  • 5K - $25.00
  • 10K - $30.00
  • Virtual 5K - $25.00
  • Virtual 10K - $30.00


10k Run Route (race must be completed by 11:30 a.m. to qualify as race finisher)
Remember to run on the left side of the road facing traffic. Water stations are located at approximately the 3K, 5K, and 8K locations. Porta potties are at the 5K (KOA Campground) location and at Festival Field. Begin at Preston Festival Field, go north on Springfield Road until you reach NYS Route 86, and turn left. Continue on NYS Route 86, crossing the stone bridge and the AuSable River. Continue to the four corners, turning left to stay on NYS Route 86.  Continue to Bowman Lane (aka Beach Road), turn left, and proceed to the barricade. Turn around at the barricade to go back out to NYS Route 86 and turn left. Go 3 km and turn left (east) onto Fox Farm Road (it has a left-hand running/biking lane). Just past the 5km mark (at the entrance to the KOA Campground) there will be an aid station with a porta-potty and a water station. Continue on Fox Farm Road, cross Springfield Road to Indian Rock Road.  Continue on Indian Rock Road (a loop road) for about 1 km until you return to Springfield Road. Turn right onto Springfield Road and cross onto the running/biking lane. Continue on Springfield Road until you reach the Preston Festival Field turning left to the finish line, back where you started.

5k Run Route (race must be completed by 11:30 a.m. to qualify as race finisher)
Porta potties and a water station are located near the start at Preston Festival Field. An additional water station is located at approximately the 2K mark. Note that the southbound lane of Springfield Road will be closed for the duration of the 5K. Begin at the race START/FINISH LINE on Cunningham Lane at Preston Festival Field (after the 10K racers have left the START/FINISH LINE first and are being timed separately). Make an immediate right onto the running/biking lane of Springfield Road. Note that the southbound lane of Springfield Road will be closed for the duration of the 5K. Continue on Springfield Road for 2.5 K and turn around at the designated marker, returning to Preston Festival Field for the FINISH LINE back where you started. 

About the Virtual Option. A 5K & 10K virtual option is available. Times must be turned in by 11:30 a.m.  to qualify as a race finisher. You can run anywhere anytime between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17. You will be able to submit your official results through text message or email (instructions will be sent). 

More race details


Online registration is found at ADKWhiskeyRun.com.

Race-day registration is limited. The onsite registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. at the registration booth located at Preston Festival Field.

Order t-shirts with registration

  • Lady's sizes: small, medium, large, and Xtra large. (NOTE: They run small) 
  • Men's sizes: small, medium, large, Xtra Large

Packet pick-up  
8 a.m.- 9:15 a.m. at the registration booth at Festival Field on Springfield Road

At the Town Offices Parking Lot across from Festival Field, at the “village garage” lot across the street from Festival Field, and on-street parking on the west side of Springfield Road (NOT in the running lanes on Springfield Road). 

Awards and prizes will be presented at 11:45 a.m., followed by a special higher value In-person Runner’s Raffle Drawing (must be present to win). 
In-person race prizes will be given to the top three overall finishers in both the 5K and 10K races, male and female, as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in each age category, age as of race day. The age categories are: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. For the Virtual races, awards will be given for the top three overall finishers in both the 5K and 10K races, male and female.

Food for purchase from vendors is available at Preston Festival Field on race day. 

Refer 5 or more participants and receive 1 free registration as our THANK-YOU. Check your confirmation email after you register!

What is the purpose of the fundraiser?  

This is our MAJOR fundraiser for our proposed new Ruth & Thomas Keegan Memorial History Center building to house the Wilmington Historical Society. The land, which we own, is located on NYS Route 86 between the A&W Restaurant and the Alpine Country Inn & Suites. We need your support to construct a building with a reference library, an archives room, and a display/lecture/community space to promote the Whiteface Region's history!


Contact the race organizers 

Whiskey FUN - Join the Whiskey Run Festival

Following the race the Whiskey Run Festival takes place at Preston Festival Field from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and is FREE and OPEN to the public. The Festival includes whiskey tastings and food, Battle of Plattsburgh re-enactors in period clothing with tents and demos, a history display, music and entertainment, a craft fair, raffles, and more. All are welcome to attend this fun community event. (Learn more about the festival)

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