A lot of logistics go into the staging of an IRONMAN competition, and the results of that will test local drivers in Lake Placid on Sunday, July 22.
The 20th annual IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon kicks off at 6:25 a.m. and runs all the way until midnight. The route for the swim, run and bike competition includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay, Black Brook, and Wilmington, and a 26.2-mile run in and around the Lake Placid village.
This race means temporary road closures will start at 5 a.m., with a series of closures to take place over the course of the entire day. New York State Police traffic control is in charge and have asked that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians use caution and expect delays.
For veterans of the area, a change has been made to the bike course, which means cyclists won’t be riding from Jay to Ausable Forks. Cyclists will instead be traveling farther down Haselton Road.
Here are the Closures
- (Rt 86) Southbound in to Lake Placid from Wilmington will close beginning at 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
- Rt 86 westbound from Jay to Wilmington will close from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Rt 9N will close Northbound from Keene to Jay at 6 a.m until 5 p.m.
- Haselton Road will be closed in both directions from Bilhuber Road to the Black Brook town line from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Haselton Road from Rt 86 to Bilhuber Road will be open only Northbound from 8 a.m -5 p.m.
- Road closures (Rt 73) south/eastbound from Lake Placid to Keene beginning at 5 a.m. until 4 p.m.
LAKE PLACID TO JAY: From Saranac Avenue/Route 86, go left at Main Street at the High Peaks Resort to Mirror Lake Drive. Left on Northwood Road. Left on Cobble Hill Road. Left on Route 86 to Wilmington. Right on Route 86 to Jay. Expect delays in the Village of Lake Placid, in Wilmington, and in Jay from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
AUSABLE FORKS TO WILMINGTON North on Main Street at Stewart’s to stop sign. Left on Guideboard Road. Bear left at fork to Silver Lake Road. Left on Bonnieview Road to Wilmington. Expect delays at intersection in Wilmington.
AUSABLE FORKS TO SARANAC LAKE/LAKE PLACID North on Main Street at Stewart’s to stop sign. Left on Guideboard Road. Bear left at fork to Silver Lake Road. Left on Union Falls Road to Route 3. Left on Route 3 to Saranac Lake. In Saranac Lake take Route 86 East to Lake Placid.
AUSABLE FORKS TO KEENE Route 86 West, crossing Jersey Bridge to Sheldrake Road. Right on North Jay Road. (County Route 64). Left on Valley Road (County Route 58). Right on Trumbulls Corner Road. Left on Route 9N South to Keene. Expect delays in Ausable Forks and at Route 9N intersection.
SARANAC LAKE TO I-87 SOUTHBOUND Route 3 West to Tupper Lake. Route 30 South to Long Lake. Route 28N to Newcomb. Route 2 East to Exit 29 on Route I-87 or Route 28N to Warrensburg.
POINTS SOUTH ON ROUTE I-87 TO LAKE PLACID From Northbound Route I-87 take exit 29 to Route 2 West to Route 28N. Turn right on Route 28N to Newcomb. Route 28N to Long Lake. Right on Route 30 to Tupper Lake. Right on Route 3 East to Saranac Lake. Take exit 30 towards Keene. Follow route 9N to Rt 73. Expect delays at Keene.
POINTS NORTH ON ROUTE I-87 TO LAKE PLACID From Southbound on Route I-87 take exit 31 to Route 9N North. Route 9N North to Elizabethtown. Route 9N North to Route 73. Right on Route 73 to Keene. Expect delays at the intersection in Keene.
KEENE TO LAKE PLACID Route 73 Westbound lane open. Expect Delays at River Road/Ski Jumps intersection. Access Village of Lake Placid via Old Military Road.
LAKE PLACID TO WILMINGTON/AUSABLE FORKS/I-87 NORTHBOUND From Saranac Avenue/Route 86, go left at Main Street at the High Peaks Resort to Mirror Lake Drive. Left on Northwood Road. Left on Cobble Hill Road. Left on Route 86 to Wilmington. Straight through intersection on Bonnieview Road (County Route 19). Right on Silver Lake Road and follow detour arrows to Ausable Forks. Expect delays in the Village of Lake Placid and in Wilmington from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.