LAKE PLACID - Strength and endurance will be tested again when a new triathlon races through the Lake Placid region, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23. Much different than the recent Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, the world-famous XTERRA triathlon features a 1,500-meter swim, a 25k mountain bike ride and a 10k trail run.
The Inaugural XTERRA Lake Placid triathlon, organized by Tri and Du It Multisports, is one of almost 50 to 60 XTERRA races in the United States each year and one of almost 15 XTERRA international competitions.
"Lake Placid and the Adirondack region represent the Live More philosophy of XTERRA with all the outdoor activities and lifestyles," said race director J.P. Latkovic. "The area is about being outdoors and being active and this event is the same thing."
On Aug. 22, the day prior the XTERRA triathlon event, there will be a 10k and 5k trail run on the same run course as the triathlon. The 10k race begins at 9 a.m., followed by the 5k run at 9:05. The race will start and end inside the Olympic oval.
Sunday's triathlon begins with the mass start swim at 8 a.m. The stage consists of two 750 meter rectangular loops. Upon completing the first loop of the event, the athletes will run 100 feet on the beach to re-enter the water and complete the same loop. Upon finishing the swim, athletes will have to run a quarter-mile to the transition area in the Olympic oval to begin the bike stage, which will be followed by the race's final event; the run. Both stages will take on portions of the Jack Rabbit Trail.
Athletes can still register for the XTERRA Lake Placid triathlon. The minimum age to compete is 13. Registration will be held on the Olympic oval Aug. 21 from noon to 6 p.m., Aug. 22 from 7-9 a.m. and Aug. 23 from 6-8 a.m. All racers receive a race shirt and race goodie bag.
Volunteers are still needed in the race's transition area swim course, bike aid and run stations, finish line and registration. Volunteers are also needed to assist in the race's set-up and breakdown. For more information about the XTERRA Triathlon, visit www.XTERRAlakeplacid.com.