LAKE GEORGE Last Sunday, most of us may have slept in and enjoyed a leisurely day. But over 450 people got up, put on bathing gear, walked out into 45 degree weather and plunged into Lake George.
It was beautiful, said Lake George Triathlon organizer Randy Rath. As the sun came up, the fog around the buoys dissipated. You couldnt ask for a better day.
It was the second annual triathlon and swimmers took off in waves at Million Dollar Beach starting at 7:30 a.m. to swim one mile, run across the road, jump on a bike and ride a 24.8 mile loop, then run another 6.2 miles. Athletes were mostly from New York, but the list included a few from Arizona, California, Kentucky and California.
Warren County Judge John Hall was one of the triathletes to take part in the competition.
It was really something, as I was swimming, I lifted my head out of the water to breathe, and the fog had started to life and I could see the top of Prospect Mountain, Hall said.
Halls first triathlon was about 20 years ago in Burlington, Vt. He had started running at the urging of his secretary.
She was a health fanatic, Hall said. He practiced swimming in Echo Lake.
The waves in Lake Champlain were much bigger and I just about drowned, he said. He has been competing in various triathlons ever since.
Rath organized the first triathlon last year as a way to organize other area triathletes. The Adirondack Triathlon Club now has over 50 members, and Rath said they enjoy their sport.
Its a great way to socialize and you always have someone to ride or run with, he sid. Everyone thinks triathletes are weird anyway, so we stick together.
After working out some complaints from last years event when some local businesses were upset about road closures during the race, Rath said he plans to make the triathlon an annual event.