LAKE PLACID - Politicians, business leaders and tourism officials from across the Olympic region honored the Ironman triathlon, a staple of this community for 14 years, with a monument at Mirror Lake beach on Friday.
Officials also used the occasion to announce a contract extension between 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.
LPCVB President and CEO Jim McKenna said the triathlon's economic impact alone isn't what makes the event work. He said the event "blends into the community's persona.
Politicians, business leaders and tourism officials show off a new monument honoring the Ironman triathlon for its impact on the Lake Placid region. From left are state Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Ted Blazer, Ironman Race Director Greg Borzilleri, Bear Essentials co-owner Linda Moore, Placid Planet Bicycles co-owner Julie Voss, Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Jim McKenna, Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall, Ironman Vice President of Operations Shane Facteau, Keene town Supervisor Bill Ferebee, Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas and North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)
"It's a continuation of our tradition," McKenna said, referring to the village's Olympic roots. "We felt we had to do something special to recognize its importance to the community."
The monument, located next to the beach where the swimming leg of the triathlon starts, consists of a large rock and a plaque that reads "Official home of IRONMAN Lake Placid Since 1999." Materials and installation of the monument were made possible by Ledger Construction, Wesley Moody Landscaping and Placid Planet Bicycles.
Ironman's vice president of operations, Shane Facteau, noted the Lake Placid Ironman became the first one held in the continental U.S. when it was first held in 1999. He said the contract extension means it will continue to be the longest-running Ironman for at least the next five years.
Village Mayor Craig Randall said local government officials and the business community strongly support the event. North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi said the monument's rock is a "symbol of the dedication of the athletes and this community to continuing to put on quality events going forward."
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