Saranac Lake 3P was a success because of you

To the editor:

Nearly 100 alpine skiers, winter bikers, X-C skiers, hardy paddlers and runners partook in the inaugural Saranac Lake 3P event this past Sunday on what turned out to be a perfect, snowy North Country morning. It was classic Saranac Lake in that it bordered on the absurd, benefited from a ridiculous amount of community-based support, and left nearly everyone associated with it — volunteers, organizers and racers alike — with a whimsical smile on their face and the feeling of having been part of something special. The Saranac Lake 3P Race Committee thanks our spirited participants for joining this first-ever event. The smiles, positivity, can-do attitudes, and contagious spirits you brought with you benefits our mission and the great community alike.

This event could not be possible without the support of over 60 community sponsors and partners. Major sponsors include: Adirondack Health, Ampersand Bay Resort, RiverTrail Beerworks, CapeAir, Bitters and Bones, Aubuchon Hardware, Community Bank, Edward Jones, High Peaks Cyclery, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Hyde Fuel, Nori’s, Franklin County’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, SKIDA, Stewart’s Shops, Tissot Construction, The Reynolds Group, Traverse Lodge, Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union and Trudeau Sand and Gravel. Major partners include: village of Saranac Lake, Friends of Mt. Pisgah, Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Harrietstown, VIS and the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club.

Special gratitude to the dozens of capable volunteers who donated their day to help out at the race selling t-shirts, keeping racers on-course, time-keepers, safety boaters, transition area captains, river spotters, running aid stations, and many other tasks that enabled the race to go off without a hitch. To a tee, they all will tell you they volunteered because they love their community and what it has to offer.

Special thanks to the Saranac Lake village police and Troop B officers in Ray Brook for overseeing road intersections during the race to keep our bikers and runners safe, and to the many local residents along the route who cheered our competitors on. And thank you to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for covering the event.

Add this event to the ever-growing list of reasons why we enjoy living here. We dreamt up the 3P to be a community-wide celebration of our outstanding recreation venues — a shoulder-season event to bridge what can often a tough time of year for folks, and to build community. We’re happy to say it checked all those boxes and more. We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.

Scott McKim

Saranac Lake 3P race director

Saranac Lake


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