Nine-year-old Madeline Munn, Cliff Haven, was the youngest participant completing the Recreational paddle with her mom and the 2.5-mile run with her older sister.
The run was hot, she commented. The Munns made it a family event with Madelines dad competing in the Mens Ironman Individual race.
There was no shortage of local talent. Among them was Rouses Points Mary Duprey, who easily won the Womens Ironman division, just one week after her record-breaking race at the large and competitive Josh Billings Runaround Triathlon in Massachusetts. Ms. Duprey has competed in many running, cycling and triathlon events throughout the Northeast and rated the cycling course and running course at this event among the toughest because of the number of hills involved.
Local talent also took the Ironman Team event, beating a well-seasoned team from Vermont. Team members were South Plattsburgh veteran paddlers Gordy and Jon Santor in their racing canoe, Saranacs running standout Matt Medeiros, and cycling champion Charlie Mitchell from Dannemora.
Many employees from Mountain Lake Services competed as did several of the people they serve. Joe Therrien and John Piestrzynski, both served by MLS, completed all three parts of the Recreational division. Also served by MLS were Joe Thomas-Train and Michael Harrison who completed the run in the Recreational division as part of a team.
Ive done this before and I really like doing this, said Mr. Harrison with a grin.
It is a lot of fun. I am so proud of myself, he exclaimed with enthusiasm. He showed equal enthusiasm and pride for all of his friends who were participating, and he had plenty of those.
Live music added to the party-like atmosphere of the event. the Hard Cold Sell Band, made up solely by members from the MLS staff and individuals they serve, were set up next to the finish line.