Lake Placid, NY, two-time host of the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1980, is preparing for the return of the longest running IRONMAN event in North America on Sunday, July 25th.
The 21st annual event is expected to include approximately 2,000 registered participants and some 10,000 spectators.
19-year-old Sarah Adelson from Gansevoort, NY is the youngest female athlete in the race, which includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, 112-mile bike through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay, Black Brook, and Wilmington, and 26.2-mile run in and around the Lake Placid village, culminating on Main Street in front of the Olympic Oval.
The 2021 ViewSPORT IRONMAN Lake Placid offers a total professional prize purse of $100,000 attracting some of triathlons’ best. It offers an opportunity for 150 qualifying slots to the 2021 Supersapiens IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
Live coverage will be broadcast exclusively on Facebook Watch via the IRONMAN Now® Channel.
An IRONMAN Village Expo will take place at Horse Show Grounds and opens on Thursday, July 22 showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry.
The Village of Lake Placid, the Town of North Elba set forth new requirements for athletes in order to participate in the event by showing proof of vaccination. However, in lieu of proof of vaccination, athletes will now also be allowed to participate by providing a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours of arriving to their pre-selected Athlete Check-In time.
Temporary road closures will begin at 5 am. The following are all estimated times based on New York State Police traffic control. Use caution and expect delays.
Road closures (Route 86) southbound to Lake Placid from Wilmington beginning at 7 am until 6:30 pm.
Route 86 westbound from Jay to Wilmington will close from 7 am – 6 pm.
Route 9N will close northbound from Keene to Jay from 6 am until 5 pm.
Haselton Road will be closed in both directions from Bilhuber Road to the Black Brook town line from 8 am – 5 pm.
Haselton Road from Route 86 to Bilhuber Road will be open only northbound from 8 am – 5 pm.
Road closures (Route 73) south / eastbound from Lake Placid to Keene beginning at 5 am until 4 pm.
Notice to residents and businesses along the Wilmington Road from the traffic light to the Cobble Mt. Lodge:
Your home or business will be impacted as the cyclists will travel out and back on Wilmington Road/Route 86 from Northwood Road to the traffic light on Main Street at the Route 73 intersection. Thank you for your understanding and please use caution when exiting your residence as there will be bikes in both directions and they will be traveling in the opposite lane of traffic.
Notice to Northwood Road/Cobble Hill Road residents
Your home or business will be impacted re: travel towards Mirror Lake Dr. Until 10 am we will be very congested as the swim exit consumes our public safety officers. After 10 am, you will be able to travel northbound via a metered system with access at the Cobble Hill Rd/Northwood Road intersection. Be patient and the troopers will do their best to get you moving. If you live on Northwood Rd, please be aware that cyclists will be traveling north in the counterflow traffic lane and that vehicles detouring towards Wilmington will be in the opposite lane. The final cyclist will clear Northwood Rd at 5:30 pm.
LAKE PLACID TO JAY: From Saranac Avenue/Route 86, go left at Main Street at the High Peaks Resort to Mirror Lake Drive. Left on Northwood Road. Left on Cobble Hill Road. Left on Route 86 to Wilmington. Right on Route 86 to Jay. Expect delays in the Village of Lake Placid, in Wilmington, and in Jay from 8 am to 6 pm.
AUSABLE FORKS TO WILMINGTON: North on Main Street at Stewart’s to stop sign. Left on Guideboard Road. Bear left at the fork to Silver Lake Road. Left on Bonnieview Road to Wilmington. Expect delays at the main intersection in Wilmington.
AUSABLE FORKS TO SARANAC LAKE/LAKE PLACID: North on Main Street at Stewart’s to stop sign. Left on Guideboard Road. Bear left at the fork to Silver Lake Road. Left on Union Falls Road to Route 3. Left on Route 3 to Saranac Lake. In Saranac Lake take Route 86 East to Lake Placid.
AUSABLE FORKS TO KEENE: Route 86 West, crossing Jersey Bridge to Sheldrake Road. Right on North Jay Road (County Route 64). Left on Valley Road (County Route 58). Right on Trumbulls Corner Road. Left on Route 9N South to Keene. Expect delays in Ausable Forks and at Route 9N intersection.
SARANAC LAKE TO I-87 SOUTHBOUND: Route 3 West to Tupper Lake. Route 30 South to Long Lake. Route 28N to Newcomb. Route 2 East to Exit 29 on Route I-87 or Route 28N to Warrensburg.
POINTS SOUTH ON ROUTE I-87 TO LAKE PLACID: From northbound Route I-87 take exit 29 to Route 2 West to Route 28N. Turn right on Route 28N to Newcomb. Route 28N to Long Lake. Right on Route 30 to Tupper Lake. Right on Route 3 East to Saranac Lake. Take exit 30 towards Keene. Follow Route 9N to Rt 73. Expect delays at Keene.
POINTS NORTH ON ROUTE I-87 TO LAKE PLACID: From southbound on Route I-87 take exit 31 to Route 9N North. Route 9N North to Elizabethtown. Route 9N North to Route 73. Right on Route 73 to Keene. Expect delays at the intersection in Keene.
KEENE TO LAKE PLACID: Route 73 westbound lane open. Expect Delays at River Road/Ski Jumps intersection. Access Village of Lake Placid via Old Military Road.
LAKE PLACID TO WILMINGTON/AUSABLE FORKS/I-87 NORTHBOUND: From Saranac Avenue/Route 86, go left at the High Peaks Resort to Mirror Lake Drive. Left on Northwood Road. Left on Cobble Hill Road. Left on Route 86 to Wilmington. Straight through the intersection on Bonnieview Road (County Route 19). Right on Silver Lake Road and follow detour arrows to Ausable Forks. Expect delays in the Village of Lake Placid and in Wilmington from 8 am to 6 pm.
IRONMAN Efforts Around Lake Placid
The IRONMAN Foundation® is expected to distribute over $45,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the greater Lake Placid region in conjunction with the 2021 ViewSPORT IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback to more than $1.75 million in the region since inception, organizers say.
This year, Volunteerism Grants are expected to be awarded to multiple local groups and Community Grants to two organizations within Lake Placid and the surrounding areas.
The Village of Lake Placid Appearance Committee will receive a $2,500 IRONMAN Foundation Community Grant to assist with beautification and safety work at Town and Village Peacock Park and Mirror Lake Waterfront. These projects include landscape and planting work, as well as placing a new handrail at the toboggan shoot.
In addition, the IRONMAN Foundation will host its “We’ve Got Your Backpack” service project in IRONMAN Village. Athletes and guests will have an opportunity to pack a backpack with school supplies which will be given to students from Lake Placid Central School District.
To learn more about the IRONMAN Foundation and donate click here.
The IRONMAN Group operates hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit the IRONMAN website.