As we said in yesterday's editorial, Lake Placid's Ironman Triathlon is a particularly good one for spectators, what with its start at Mirror Lake, finish at the Olympic Speedskating Oval and the many scenic vantage points along the way.
If you go to check it out, be sure to look for at least 24 local competitors and cheer them on. Crowd support is very important to triathletes as they struggle just to keep going through the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. It's a huge boost to their morale, even if they are too exhausted to properly show it.
You might have to look hard for them, since locals make up less than 1 percent of the 2,848 people signed up for Sunday's Ironman Lake Placid. You may want to clip, print or photocopy the list below and have it with you was you watch. It includes the locals' bib numbers, which might be helpful in identifying them.
The officially registered locals are listed below, broken down by hometown. Asterisks indicate that they did it last year; their times from last year are below:
|BIB #||NAME GENDER||AGE|
|From Lake Placid|
|1108||Marilyn Robak Zygo||F||55-59|
|From Saranac Lake|
|1152||Douglas “DJ” Racette||M||25-29|
|From Tupper Lake|
Last year we had 27 local finishers out of the 2,273 total. Here are the repeat locals' times in hours, minutes and seconds:
Taylor McKenna - 13:16:22
Robert Tebo - 14:35:28
Robert Morganson - 14:59:40
Wesley Wilson - 15:18:11
Chris Grant - 16:49:43
The list above, while official, is apparently not complete. You may also be able to cheer on a few more locals, like Brian Delaney, owner of High Peaks Cyclery, who has done evrry Ironman Lake Placid since it began in 1999.
We are sad to say that we had to take one local man off the list above. Stewart McCullouch of Tupper Lake died on July 10 after suffering major head and brain trauma in a bicycling accident. He was 66 years old.
Mr. McCullouch was a North Country native who was born in Gouverneur and graduated high school in Star Lake. He was an aerospace engineer who did space shuttle work with NASA.
He retired and moved to Tupper Lake with his wife in 2007. At that time he made a radical change toward a healthier lifestyle, losing 130 pounds and becoming a triathlete. He finished last year's Ironman Lake Placid in 14 hours, 14 minutes and 11 seconds. He was training for this Sunday's race when he had his fatal accident.
Please keep him in mind Sunday as you cheer the other athletes on. He would surely appreciate how much your support from the sidelines means.