Ironman Lake Placid Course: Sunday, July 25, 2021

SWIM — 2.4 miles

Mirror Lake, a calm, pristine lake right in the heart of Lake Placid serves as the best Ironman swim in the world. The water temperature is typically in the high 60s to low 70s. “Follow the cable for the swim in beautiful Mirror Lake. Unless it is a rare day, a sleeveless wetsuit is the best choice.”

The initial loop of the swim will be a semi-triangular route, returning to the starting point. Athletes will exit the water and enter at the same point they started. Then a dog-leg right course will have you swim past the first turn buoy to the northern end of Mirror Lake, followed by a hard right turn to the swim exit at Northwood Beach.

Ironman triathletes swim in Mirror Lake during the 2019 race. (Staff photo — Andy Flynn)

BIKE — 112 miles

As race day approaches, cyclist traffic will increase in Lake Placid and surrounding communities. Ironman officials once again ask that athletes training for Sunday’s race ride single file, observe signage and generally act with awareness.

The demanding two-loop bike course takes cyclists through the surrounding hills of the Adirondacks, each lap culminating with the 11-mile climb up “the notch” from Wilmington back to the transition area located at Northwood School. “Ride the bike course ahead of time. Especially the descent into Keene. Stay right and don’t brake. Sit up to slow yourself down and enjoy gravity.”

RUN — 26.2 miles

The two-loop course will challenge athletes with a tour through the city center. Runners head past the famed Olympic ski jumps, down to the turnaround on scenic River Road and end on Main Street in front of the Olympic Speedskating Oval for an epic finish line experience. “Soak in the enthusiasm of the crowds in town to get you through the River Road solitude. Be ready for Mike Reilly to bring you home.”

(Information provided by Ironman.)

Ironman triathletes bike into the village on state Route 86 during the 2017 race. (Staff photo — Lou Reuter)

An Ironman triathlete finishes the 2014 race at the Olympic Speedskating Oval. (Staff photo — Andy Flynn)


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