Weather/Race Update (3/22/2019) 

Attention Doc Lopez participants! 

The Doc Lopez Run for Health is on as scheduled for tomorrow, March 23.  We are closely monitoring tomorrow’s weather forecast; while it looks like it will be a chilly day, the snow is expected to end before the start of the 13.1 race.  The safety of our participants and volunteers is our top priority, so we are working with the Essex County Transportation Department to ensure that the course is plowed prior to the race.

We encourage everyone to dress appropriately tomorrow.  We will also have plenty of hot beverages and chili to warm you up following the race.

We will post any additional weather-related updates on this page.

As a reminder, start times and locations for tomorrow’s events are:


13.1 Mile Run

Keene Valley to Elizabethtown (buses to the starting line begin at 8:30am)


1 Mile Walk, Elizabethtown


5K Run

Elizabethtown toward New Russia

Good luck to all our participants and thank you for supporting the Elizabethtown Community Hospital!

The Doc Lopez Run for Health Sponsors include:

Stewart’s Shops, The Kinney Drugs Foundation, Price Chopper, Sam’s Club, Tops, Pepsi, Ben & Jerrys, J & S Holdings, William & Murray, Griffith Energy, Lake Placid Sports Medicine, PLLC, Adirondack Mobil Shredding, Egglefield Ford, Adirondack Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, Chazy Westport Corp., Westelcom,  Keene Valley Lodge, Baxter Mountain Tavern, and the Deer’s Head Inn.



History of the Robert “Doc” Lopez & Run for Health (Hope)   by Susie Lopez Allott

Fifty two men and women representing the 50 states and District of Columbia and Lake Placid were chosen to carry the Olympic Torch from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, to the opening ceremonies in Lake Placid for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Robert Lopez (Doc) age 56, of Westport, NY, a Lake Placid veterinarian, and the oldest runner selected, represented Lake Placid. Michael Luce of Glens Falls represented New York State. Doc started the Run for Hope, now known as the Doc Lopez Run for Health, in the spring of 1980. Doc ran and organized the Westport 24 hour marathon, the 8 mile Whiteface Mountain run, the 5 mile Frostbite run around Mirror Lake and the Sara-Placid Marathon from Paul Smith’s College to Lake Placid.

Doc completed the Boston and New York marathons several times, and ran marathons nationwide to reach his ultimate goal of 60 by age 60. He eventually surpassed this goal to run 65 marathons and fit in a 50 miler here and there. Doc became his own one man Polar Bear Club, taking the annual plunge through a hole cut in the ice in several northern lakes; including Lake George, Lake Champlain, Lake Flower, and Mirror Lake. Not a man of moderation in anything he did, Doc had fourteen children with his loving wife of 62 years, Marjorie Beha Lopez. His favorite sayings included “there is no such word as can’t” and “tell your mother you are not cold, not hungry and not tired”.