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IRONMAN Lake Placid

  • The 14th edition of the second oldest Ironman in North America will be contested this coming Sunday in the Village of Lake Placid, New York.

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  • Another Five More Years for Ironman Lake Placid

    The inaugural Ironman Lake Placid took place in 1999, and it will be back for at least another 5 more years.

    “We are so happy to announce another five years of magic in the awe-inspiring Adirondack Mountains,” says Greg Borzilleri, Race Director for IRONMAN Lake Placid. “It is an honor and a privilege to be the race director for one of the best IRONMAN events in the continental U.S. The race impacts the community in such a positive way and I thank the volunteers, spectators, residents and athletes who continue to make it so special each and every year.”

    Read more about the contract extension announced today.
  • Athletes fundraising as part of their IRONMAN experience through the IRONMAN Foundation

    At IRONMAN Lake Placid this weekend, The IRONMAN Foundation will be leaving its mark behind in more ways than one. The IRONMAN Foundation, which has provided over $500,000 to the Lake Placid community since the inception of the race, will provide an additional $50,000 this year in grant funding. The grants will benefit local nonprofit groups within the Lake Placid community.

    The Foundation is proud to present three major grants this year. They will profit the Lake Placid Fire Department and their initiative to purchase a new medical search and rescue Gator; The Adirondack Medical Center and their Sports Medicine Facility; and lastly, The Uihlein IRONMAN Sports Fund, a local nonprofit providing scholarships to athletes in the Adirondack area with Olympic potential.

    In addition to grant funding, close to $50,000 has been raised for numerous charities as a result of The IRONMAN Foundation’s Your Journey, Your Cause program. This initiative allows athletes competing in IRONMAN Lake Placid to fundraise for a nonprofit beneficiary of their choice. Over 25 athletes have made the decision to turn their journey of becoming an IRONMAN, into a race for a cause. Below is a below list of a few of our featured foundation athletes:

    Amanda DeBlouw
    Amanda DeBlouw is turning her IRONMAN journey into a race for a cause by fundraising for The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). This nonprofit has touched Amanda personally, as herself and her 7-year-old nephew both suffer from food allergies. Her nephew Jaxon is severely allergic and is constantly faced with difficult situations due to his allergies of eggs and milk. FAAN strides to create a better life for those affected by allergies by raising public awareness, providing advocacy and education, and advancing research on behalf of those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. To support Amanda and her cause, click here: ironman.kintera.org/lakeplacid2012/amandadeblauw

    Alexandre Desemery
    Alexandre Desemery of Toronto will be racing IRONMAN Lake Placid in memory of his uncle, who passed away from leukemia. Through The IRONMAN Foundation’s Your Journey, Your Cause program, Alexandre will fundraise for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Their mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. By turning his Ironman experience into a race for a cause, Alexandre is supporting his personal mantra, “Always Look Forward,” as he begins his fundraising experience. To support Alexandre and his cause, click here: ironman.kintera.org/lakeplacid2012/2h30

    Greg Semenza
    Triathlete Greg Semenza from Mansfield, Connecticut is racing IRONMAN Lake Placid and fundraising for Livestrong. Greg lost a friend and colleague to liver cancer, and has many other encounters with the devastating disease through friends and family. Another friend of his is currently undergoing chemo treatments, so Greg is dedicating his race to her, and doing everything he can to support cancer research. To support Greg and his cause, click here: ironman.kintera.org/lakeplacid2012/semenza

    Sarah Coulam
    Sarah has been fundraising for the Children's Tumor Foundation. The Children's Tumor Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding effective treatments for neurofibromatosis the term for three genetic disorders NF1, N2 and schwannomatosis. Sarah is racing for her 6 year old hero, Kylie, who has gone through six surgeries and countless MRI's in her six years. She is currently taking a clinical trial chemotherapy that was funded by the Children's Tumor Foundation. Kylie will be in Lake placid to cheer Sarah on! To support Sarah and her cause, click here: ironman.kintera.org/lakeplacid2012/coulam

    For more information on The IRONMAN Foundation and the ways you can become involved, please visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.
  • Lots of fun today at the pro press conference.

    Peter Jacobs even took the mike and asked Andy Potts a question.

  • Peter Jacobs throws a hardball at Andy Potts.

  • Andy Potts describes racing at Ironman Lake Placid.

  • Sarah Piampiano talks about why she is racing at Lake Placid.

  • Jacqui Gordon talks about how racing Ironman Lake Placid for the fifth time could work to her advantage.

  • "The Rock" - commemorating the five year extension of Ironman Lake Placid.

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    Ironman Lake Placid Rock Dedication at Mirror Lake on Friday afternoon... details on Ironman.com

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  • Checking in. There is no turning back now.

  • The friendly volunteers getting the sweet Ironman Lake Placid swag bags ready.

  • Picturesque Mirror Lake. Site of one of the most spectacular swim starts that you will ever see. It won't be this calm on race morning.

  • Getting in some final strokes before race day.

  • Participants of the CEO Challenge hanging out at Mirror Lake.

  • The ever popular Ironkids race that takes place along Mirror Lake.

  • Andy Potts out to support the Ironkids.

  • Some of our featured Ironman Foundation Athletes sharing their stories at the Expo Stage.

  • Thought Spot - a popular stop in the Expo for family and friends to leave messages for their favorite athlete.

  • Everyone's Goal for Sunday.

  • The Ironman Store. Always the busiest spot at the Expo.

  • The Welcome Dinner.

    Most of the images are courtesy of the awesome photographers at Finisher Pix.

  • Mike Reilly, the voice of IRONMAN, kicks off the festivities at the Welcome Dinner.

  • The singing of the National Anthem.

  • Craig Randall, Mayor of Lake Placid, welcomes that athletes.

  • Town of North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi, delivers yet another one of his memorable and entertaining welcome speeches. Who else can find a way to connect Ironman racing with the Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey?

  • IRONMAN Foundation athlete, Sarah Coulam. She is raising money for the Children's Tumor Foundation.

  • The Lake Placid Fire Department receives a cheque from the IRONMAN Foundation. Just one of the many local organizations to receive such support.

  • Our signed IRONMAN Lake Placid poster auction winner, Donald Schmidt. He is bib #2656, and his winning bid was $2656.

  • Mike Reilly interviews the youngest and oldest competitors.

  • The post-Welcome Dinner Ski Jump Exhibition, just across the street from the Horse Show Grounds. Site of the Welcome Dinner, and the Awards Banquet on Monday.

  • 2012 IRONMAN Lake Placid Stats

    2891 Registered (we will tell you how many picked up their kits later)

    711 Women (24.6%), 2180 Men (75.4%)

    The biggest age group is 40-44 for both men and women. 157 women (5.4%), and 502 men (17.4%) of the field.

    2580 athletes are from the USA (89.2%), 251 from Canada (8.7%), and 12 from Puerto Rico (0.4%).

    New York leads the State representation with 763 athletes (29.6%), followed by Pennsylvania with 227 (8.8%), and Massachusetts with 205 (7.9%). Just beating out New Jersey with 200 (7.8%). Canada’s province of Ontario is represented by 194 athletes.

    The most represented city is New York (82), then Brooklyn (32), and Toronto (31).
  • The Oldest and Youngest competitors.

    Our oldest athlete is Herb Brown of Charlotte, NC., at 76 years of age. Cheryl Woodworth of Pewaukee, WI., is our oldest female at 69.

    Three 18 year olds will take to the course as well: Katy Spencer of Winchester, NY., Erin Begg of Newtown, CT., and David Bruno of Queensbury, NY.

    David just turned 18 yesterday by the way. Happy Birthday David!
  • First Timers

    There will be 957 first timers on Sunday. Best of Luck!
  • Race day weather forecast.

    It is the Adirondacks, so everyone should be prepared for rapid changes in weather but here is the projected forecast for tomorrow.

    Racers will start the day at 7 am under mostly sunny skies at 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

    It will remain in the 60’s until approximately 10 am where it will climb to 72 degrees and steadily rise throughout the day until it peaks at 80 degrees at around 4 pm.

    Winds will get up to 10 mph from the SSW, most of that being felt by the racers on the second loop of the bike.

    Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are being called for from 1 pm right up until midnight. The chance of precipitation is forecasted as 30%.

    It will dip back into the 60’s after 9 pm so prepare accordingly if you plan on being on the course late to spectate or race.

    But as noted before, we are in the Adirondacks and we could easily have an incredible day in terms of weather conditions. Just be prepared for anything.
  • Make sure to watch our videos.

    Check out Ironman Lake Placid videos from on-assignment reporter, Dave Erickson.

    View “The Rock” unveiling ceremony along with other videos this week.

    Dave will be posting videos throughout race day as well.
  • The Professionals Racing on Sunday.

    Men
    1. Andy Potts USA
    2. Peter Jacobs AUS
    4. Romain Guillaume FRA
    5. Matthew Russell USA
    6. Jared Milam USA
    7. Timothy Tapply USA
    8. Eneko Elosegui ESP
    9. Douglas MacLean USA
    10. Logan Franks USA
    12. Dave Harju CAN
    15. Brad Seng USA
    17. Jose Rosales-Yepez VEN
    18. Kirk Nelson USA
    20. Ryan Grant CAN


    Women
    32. Sarah Piampiano USA
    33. Ali Fitch AUS
    34. Jennie Hansen USA
    35. Jessie Donavan USA
    36. Leslie LaMacchia USA
    37. Suzanne Serpico USA
    38. Kelly Fillnow USA
    40. Kim Schwabenbauer USA
    42. Erin Spitler USA
    43. Suzanne Zelazo CAN
    44. Jacqui Gordon USA
    45. Marie Danais CAN
    47. Kate Bruck USA
  • See you on race morning.

    Officially, 2589 athletes picked up their race kits, 957 are first timers, and everyone will be in store for another spectacular day in Lake Placid. Tune in tomorrow at 6:30 AM (ET).
  • Good Morning from the 14th IRONMAN Lake Placid.

  • The professionals start at 6:50 am (25 minutes from now), and all age groupers will go off at 7 am in one of the most spectacular swim starts you will ever see.
  • The professional race is underway. Our age groupers will be off in less than 4 minutes.
  • Look for Andy Potts, one of the fastest swimmers in the sport, to push the pace in the swim. This is his 6th Ironman and is looking to get out hard and push his capabilities. “See my potential as soon as the cannon goes off.”

    He will not be patient and wait for things to happen. He is going to “get after it.”
  • The other two favorites, Peter Jacobs and Romain Guillaume will try to stay as close as possible to Potts. They will try to keep the deficit to under 3 minutes.
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