It is that time of the year again, July is here, and that means the 11th Annual Ironman is back in Lake Placid. RICH YOUR SPORTSCASTER is live at the Olympic Speedskating Oval where the area is being transformed for this long and exciting race. Transition tents and vendors from all over the US are setting up and gearing up for an exciting Sunday. All of us in this area are glad to have all of the athletes and their families back in Lake Placid for this event.
For those of you who do not know what the Ironman is all about. Well, let me tell you it is a race that you will soon not forget (especially for all the brave souls who partake in it). You start off in Mirror Lake at 7am for the sound of the gun. Then like a flock of geese the lake is submerged with swimmers who will swim 2.5 miles. Then out of the water and time to hit the bicycle for the 112 mile bike ride through the Adirondack Mountains. If this was not enough after the bike portion, it is off for run of 26 miles, yes a full marathon. (WHEW! I am tired just speaking of it..hehe). The best part of this race is standing at the finish line and seeing the expressions of all these souls faces after this long and grueling course. During this whole race there are plenty of supporters and spectators willing these athletes to a most satisfying finish!!!
Mark your calendars for Sunday July 26th, 2009 and make your way to LP to support this great event and the participants. It is great feeling that you will not want to miss. Hey, feel free to volunteer while you around, the Lake Placid village could use all the support from everyone! For further info about the Ironman please visit www.ironmanusa.com, as this is the qualifier for the Hawaii Ironman. Good Luck to all the tri-athletes and I will be out there with the cow bell a ringing!!! Get your rest as you will need it!!!