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Ironman volunteer registration open

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon is now accepting volunteers for the July 25 event.

The largest one-day annual event held in the community, Ironman Lake Placid generates a direct economic impact of about $8 million for Essex County. The competition welcomes about 2,000 athletes and almost 4,000 volunteers are needed.

In order to organize that many volunteers, there is a tiered management system in place. The volunteer director is responsible for overseeing the entire volunteer effort as part of her job at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). There are approximately 80 captains who manage their respective "team" of volunteers, which can number from one to 200 individuals. Each captain is responsible for the coordination of the schedules, locations and communication with their team of volunteers, to ensure that they are in their places on race day. For 2010, there are several captain positions open. Captains enjoy a number of perks, including the opportunity to earn a monetary donation of $750 for their qualifying group from the Community Fund.

Those interested in a captain's position and/or the Community Fund should contact Kathy Pfohl at kpfohl@lakeplacid.com or at the ROOST office at 523.2445 ext. 110. Online registration for all volunteer positions is located online at www.ironmanlakeplacid.com.

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