LAKE PLACID - The chief of this village's police department is asking for the public's help in making this Ironman weekend safe and successful.
More than 3,000 athletes plus their family members, friends and support staff will be here for Sunday's 14th annual Ironman triathlon. Village police Chief Bill Moore said all of his staff will be working during the event and will be available to guide people "in the right direction and make for a fun race day.
"It's an event we look forward to every year," he said.
Lake Placid police Chief Bill Moore
(Enterprise file photo)
Moore urged motorists to use designated parking areas and public transportation because "parking will be at a premium" downtown. Four parking areas will be available to the public:
-The dirt lot across from the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Algonquin Drive
-The dirt lot on Wesvalley Road
-The Lake Placid Elementary School parking lot
-The freshly mowed field near John Brown's Farm.
Moore said buses will shuttle people from the parking lots to near the Lake Placid Middle-High School from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The police chief also asked athletes training for the race to be cautious on local roadways. Moore said there have been reports of cyclists attempting to pass vehicles on the right.
"I'd encourage people who are training to obey the rules of the road - the cyclists in particular," he said. "We've had a couple near-serious accidents where a car has turned into a parking lot and a cyclist was on the right trying to pass."
Meanwhile, village and town of North Elba officials decided to close their offices at the town hall on Main Street to avoid unnecessary foot traffic.
"The building gets overwhelmed," town Supervisor Roby Politi said recently, "especially the bathrooms."
The town hall will be open for normal hours on Monday.