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Chris Blanchard, left, and Jeff Letson line one of the rugby fields at Petrova Middle School in preparation for this weekend’s Can-Am Rugby Tournament.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Can-Am expands to 125 teams

SARANAC LAKE — The 44th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament begins three days of action Friday, and after a run that began in 1974, this year’s event will feature its biggest field yet with 125 teams registered, according to tourney director Jay Annis. Over the years, the Can-Am has grown ...

Players on the Mountaineers women’s squad, including Carrie Shackett, middle, work out on the sled during Wednesday’s practice.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter

Mountaineers ruggers ready to roll

SARANAC LAKE — After nearly a year, the waiting is just about over. The 44th annual Can-Am Rugby starts Friday, and the host Mountaineers will again be represented by three teams. The Mountaineers Old Boys — aka the MOB — will be the first local squad competing and have two ...

Three more to receive Hall of Fame Black Jackets

SARANAC LAKE — Three long-time members of the Saranac Lake Mountaineers Rugby Football Club will receive Black Jacket awards, symbolic of induction into the club’s Hall of Fame. On Friday night, in conjunction with the opening of the 44th annual Saranac Lake Can-Am Rugby Tournament, ...

Caligiore preps for LPGA qualifying

OCOEE, Florida — Aimee Caligiore, of Lake Placid, capped her best National Women’s Golf Association tournament performance in relation to par last week in an event held at Forest Lake Golf Club. The former Lake Placid Blue Bomber and St. Lawrence University All-American recorded scores ...

Rough water shuts down day one of Bassmaster

PLATTSBURGH — The first day of the Bassmaster Elite today was canceled because of rough water conditions on Lake Champlain. B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon made the call shortly after returning from a test drive to the edge of Cumberland Bay on Lake Champlain, where the ...

USA Bobsled season pushes off in Calgary

CALGARY, Alberta — With the Olympic Games on the horizon, USA Bobsled and Skeleton is back on ice this week for the first official competition of the 2017-2018 season. The USA Bobsled National Push Championships will take place Thursday through Sunday in the Indoor Ice House in ...

World champion Lowell Bailey talks with fans Thursday during the weekly Meet an Olympian series at the Olympic Museum in Lake Placid. Bailey, a Lake Placid native, has already qualified for his fourth Olympic Games in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
(Photo courtesy of ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid)

Fans get closer look at Olympic biathletes

LAKE PLACID — A pair of three-time Olympians highlighted last Thursday’s Meet an Olympian program at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum as U.S. biathletes Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke visited the museum to talk about their sport, pose for pictures and sign autographs. Last winter, the 35 ...

Michele Stryeski of Bristol, Connecticut charges toward the finish line at the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid at 12:02 a.m. Monday morning, the final person who was brought in by “The Voice of Ironman” Mike Reilly after completing the 140.6-mile triathlon.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

One final Ironman finisher

LAKE PLACID — Two minutes after midnight, as Sunday night became Monday morning, “The Voice of Ironman” Mike Reilly began his thank yous. After a few final Ironman Lake Placid competitors finished their 140.6-mile triathlon journey in the moments before and after what’s regarded ...

Saranac Lakers Bryce Hartman, right, and Joe Garso make their way through the trails of Dewey Mountain last Wednesday.
(Photo provided)

Trail fun run at Dewey

SARANAC LAKE — The Inov-8 trail running company hosted a trail fun run and demonstration last Wednesday at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. The following are results from the 5-kilometer trail run: --- Inov-8 Trail Fun Run Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake July ...

Fun Run series completes 4th week

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Fun Run Series reached week 4 last Thursday. The kids kicked things off with 36 runners covering the quarter-mile course. Half-milers and milers were next, followed by the adult races ranging between 2 and 4.5 miles. The Fun Runs continue every Thursday ...

Colin Delaney closes in on the finish line during Sunday's Ironman Lake Placid triathlon.
(Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

Ironman Lake Placid local finishers

Local finishers (Unofficial results) SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL Amy Farrell, Tupper Lake 1:02:25 5:22:15 3:15:39 9:46:00 Colin Delaney, Lake Placid 1:09:54 5:23:39 3:33:14 10:15:36 Sean Davis, Lake Placid 1:01:08 5:58:04 3:37:06 10:46:31 DJ Racette, Saranac ...

Tupper Lake’s Amy Farrell smiles while running to the finish like as the first woman to cross the finish line at the 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid triathlon Sunday. Farrell successfully defended her women’s amateur title.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Sweet repeat: Tupper Lake’s Amy Farrell wins again at Ironman

LAKE PLACID — Experience tells Amy Farrell that it’s never a good idea to predict you’re going to win when it comes to the sport of triathlon. Especially when you’re competing in the Ironman’s anything-can-happen distance of 140.6 miles. Recently, instead of saying she’s going ...

Matt Bogert (right) the captain of the Ironman Lake Placid volunteer scuba rescue team, takes a short break with several members of his crew during the middle of the 140.6-mile swim, bike, run event’s swim portion.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Scuba team is key to preventing Ironman swim accidents

LAKE PLACID — Gazing into Mirror Lake from the beach dock at 7:15 a.m., not a trout is in sight as thousands of green and pink-capped Ironmen and Ironwomen encircle the pier. As music wails through speakers and throngs of caffeine-charged loved ones howl from the beach, the surface of ...

After pouring  water over his head, Canada’s Brent McMahon stands in the finish area following his victory in Sunday’s 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid triathlon.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Record breaker: McMahon sets new course record in victory

LAKE PLACID — At Friday’s press conference that was a prelude to Sunday’s Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, Brent McMahon said he sets breaking the eight-hour mark as a goal wherever he goes to compete in 140.6-mile races. But the Canadian triathlete and two-time Olympian admitted that ...

Dan Forgett uploads photos from his phone for the Ironman live blog during Sunday’s race in Lake Placid. Forgett was tasked with following the leaders to provide live photos, video and status updates.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Spotters help keep spectators up to speed

LAKE PLACID — As competitors in the Ironman triathlon were working themselves to the bone, family, friends and spectators alike were glued to their smartphones. But this wasn’t the casual, “Oh, I’ll check Facebook real quick” kind of phone checking, they were likely on the Ironman ...

Brian Dillenbeck of Alplaus, New York, rides along state Route 73 near the Olympic ski jumps early in his second 56-mile bike leg during Sunday’s 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid race.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

By the numbers: Where Ironman athletes come from

LAKE PLACID — More than 2,500 athletes took part in Sunday's 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid. And whether international, such as triathlon professional and record-breaking champion Brent McMahon of Victoria, British Columbia, or local, such as women's amateur champion Amy Farrell of ...

Volunteers at the Mirror Lake beach swim-to-bike transition area help Ironman competitors by stripping off their wetsuits Sunday morning at the 19th annual 140.6-mile triathlon in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

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Tupper Lake’s Amy Farrell smiles while running to the finish like as the first woman to cross the finish line at the 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid triathlon Sunday. Farrell successfully defended her women’s amateur title.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Tupper Lake’s Amy Farrell wins again at Ironman

LAKE PLACID — Tupper Lake resident Amy Farrell was the first woman to cross the finish line at the 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid triathlon Sunday. Farrell successfully defended her women's amateur title from two years ago; last year's race included women professional racers. Brent ...

Katarina King, 15, is all smiles as she runs onto the red carpet at the finish line of the Ironkids Dip ’N’ Dash race Friday in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Dana Hatton)

Ironkids races fuel start of Ironman weekend

LAKE PLACID — There was a lot of excitement among the spectators Friday as the Ironkids swimming and running races ushered in the Ironman weekend. “You are an Ironkid!” Mike Reilly said into the microphone as each child crossed the finish line. Many proud families cheered their young ...

Moira Horan of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey holds up a sticker from the “Women For Tri” international group, which has more than 30,000 Facebook members worldwide.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Diversifying Ironman

LAKE PLACID — Minutes before Moira Horan hosts a meet-up at the Olympic Speedskating Oval for dozens of members of an international group hatched on Facebook, “Women For Tri,” the Brooklyn-native thinks back to when she arrived at her first Ironman triathlon. It was 2001 in Panama ...