Lake Placid Local politicians and tourism officials honored the 14-year run of the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon in a special ceremony on July 20 with a dedication of the Ironman Monument on Mirror Lake.
Village officials used the dedication ceremony as an opportunity to announce the renewed contract with the World Triathlon Corporation and the village of Lake Placid, the town of North Elba and the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau that will keep the race in Lake Placid through 2017.
“The Ironman competition has done so much for the Lake Placid area and brought people to the region that may not have ever visited the area,” Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said.
Randall said the competitions have been beneficial to local businesses as well.
The monument, located next to the Mirror Lake beach, is also where the 2.4-mile swimming leg of the triathlon starts. The monument is a large rock with a plaque that reads “Official home of IRONMAN Lake Placid Since 1999.”
Randall said the Ironman competition represents what Lake Placid is all about.
“One might have thought it would have a manmade structure like the ski jumps, but it isn’t a hard thing at all,” Randall said. “It’s an event that’s become an emotional memory forever that defines this place.
“Hopefully this will do the same for many. No matter who comes here and competes, they are either going to remember it because they finished or they are going to remember this place as the ‘Miracle on Ice’ that most people remember.
“This (monument) represents those moments, but if you don’t compete you don’t have those memories.”
The Lake Placid course is one of more than 30 events in the global IRONMAN Series. IRONMAN Lake Placid is known as the oldest event of its kind in the continental U.S. and is known as one of the most scenic courses on the circuit.
The two-loop swim course takes place in Mirror Lake, followed by a transition at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval. The 112-mile bike course follows state, county and local roads. The spectator-friendly marathon runs by downtown Lake Placid four times and finishes at the Olympic Oval.