Since its inaugural race in 1999, Lake Placid has hosted the annual IRONMAN Lake Placid. Although the grueling triathlon isn’t for everyone, a different IRONMAN will be coming to Lake Placid starting next year. Known as IRONMAN 70.3, Lake Placid will host the Half IRONMAN for the first time on September 10, 2017!
The Village of Lake Placid is no stranger to international athletic competitions. As the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, the region is renowned for its one-of-a-kind sports complexes.
For the past 18 years, Lake Placid has been the home of the historic IRONMAN triathlon, which attracts the best athletes from around the world. Aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, IRONMAN Lake Placid is the longest-running IRONMAN triathlon in the United States.
As part of a new contract, IRONMAN Lake Placid will return annually through 2021, and IRONMAN 70.3 will now be held in the Village each year as well. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid will take place next year, and it will be the 28th race in the IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Series.
“We are extremely excited to add an IRONMAN 70.3 race to Lake Placid, providing another opportunity for athletes to race this iconic course and to experience the beauty of this area and the hospitality of this wonderful community,” said IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick in a press release.
IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid will take athletes along the same course as the full distance IRONMAN Lake Placid, but each of the three events will be half the normal length. Athletes will swim 1.2 miles in Mirror Lake, transition at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval to a 56 mile bike ride, and then finish the triathlon with a 13.1 mile run through and around Lake Placid.
It’s expected the addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid will provide a yearly boost to the local economy. “We also expect more athletes to visit for year-round training, which often happens during our slow seasons,” said North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi in a press release.
The first IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid will offer 35 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Registration for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid opens September 9, 2016.
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