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Ironman postponed; Lake Placid triathlon seeks alternate date

A slew of bikers turn onto Northwood Drive amid crowds of spectators during the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon in July 2019. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — The Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, originally scheduled for July 26, was postponed on Friday and is hoped to be held later in the summer season.

In a 27-second video clip on the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Facebook page Friday afternoon, ROOST’s Lake Placid Regional Marketing Manager Catherine Ericson announced that the July event has been canceled.

“They are looking at future event dates, and that will be determined by our community and our state,” Ericson added.

Asked to confirm ROOST’s announcement, Ironman Lake Placid Race Director Greg Borzilleri said Friday he could not comment.

“We’re working on several global events and will provide more information next week,” he said.

Borzilleri is also the race director for the Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon set for Sept. 13 — half the distance of the 140.6-mile full Ironman — and he is the owner of the Lake Placid Marathon and Half, which was postponed from June 14 to Aug. 23 due to uncertainty over COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions.

The cancellation comes a day after the Lake Placid Horse Shows canceled their events in late June and early July due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and state social distancing mandates.

I Love BBQ and Music Festival coordinator Dmitry Feld said Friday that his event, originally scheduled for July 3 to 5, will be postponed until sometime in September.

Other summer events canceled over the pandemic include the summer concert season for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake. The Rotary Club of Lake Placid’s Dam Duck Race, scheduled for June 20, has been postponed indefinitely, and the Lake Placid Community Day and Picnic, originally scheduled for May 31, will be postponed until sometime this fall.

ROOST CEO Jim McKenna has said that canceled events could have a “significant impact” on the local economy, and he used the two Ironman Lake Placid triathlons as an example. Last summer, McKenna said that the 140.6-mile race in July and the 70.3-mile race in September bring in about $16 million of “direct spend” to the region: about $3 million for pre-race training (both races), almost $8 million for the July race and about $5 million for the September race.

Ironman Lake Placid was founded in 1999, and it features a 2.4-mile swim on Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike leg and a 26.2-mile run. Last year, more than 2,000 people finished the race, which requires about 2,000 volunteers to operate.

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