KEESEVILLE The warm, sunny day with a refreshing wind on Sept. 22 was perfect for the spectators at the 9th annual Mountain Lake Services Triathlon. The wind, however, made for a wet and difficult race for the paddlers in canoes and kayaks who started off the event, and no doubt the runners and cyclists would have preferred cooler temperatures.
Mountain Lake Services, which strives to enrich the lives of those with developmental disabilities, their families and our communities, began the event nine years ago with the goal of raising awareness in the community of their Keeseville program.
Another one of things we wanted to do was to create an event that the people we serve could participate in along with the community, said Barb Thomas, director of the Gerald B. Edwards Center.
Any money generated by the event is put into programs like early intervention and preschool services, Dawn McCarthy, recreation coordinator and community staff relations manager, commented.
The inaugural event took place in Port Douglas but was shortly moved to its present location when Pete Gucker, owner of North Country Camps on Augar Lake in Keeseville, offered the use of his camp facilities.
The event is organized by the Keeseville Action Committee, explained Ms. Thomas. Bruce Pricard from Pricards Electric organizes the bike race.
Pricard, Becky Bourgeios from TD Bank North and Dennis Thorton from Agency Insurance, have been on the committee for all nine years, she added.
The Triathlon offered two categories for competition: Recreational, and Ironman. The Recreational division was composed of a 1.5-mile paddle, a 2.5-mile run, and a 13.9-mile bike. The Ironman division required 3.5 miles of paddling, 5.6 miles of running, and 21 miles of cycling. Participants could compete as individuals completing all three parts, or they could team up with others. Many teams and individuals took part in the event from young to old and from serious competitors to those just out to enjoy a day of outdoor activity and support a great organization.