Organizers still need volunteers for the new Ironman race
September 1, 2017


Lake Placid is an Ironman town. It has been since 1999, and it will be for at least another five years. As the host of the longest-running Ironman race in North America - and one of the most popular venues - we're proud to be a part of the Ironman family.

Ironman brings thousands of athletes, family members and supporters here for the 140.6-mile triathlon every July, boosting the local economy. Despite a day's worth of driving inconvenience on the roadways, we feel it's well worth the investment to have Ironman in Lake Placid. Moreover, we feel Ironman is worth supporting, both the full race in July and the newest addition in Lake Placid, the inaugural 70.3-mile race on Sept. 10.

The easiest way to support Ironman is to volunteer for the race. There are plenty of opportunities still available next weekend.

"Once again, Lake Placid and the Adirondacks will be hosting athletes and their friends and families from all over the world, and we want to ensure that we offer a safe, fun experience for all by fielding a full cohort of volunteers for this first-time event," ROOST Director of Communications Kim Rielly told the News.

An Ironman 70.3-mile race is half the distance of the full Ironman race held in July. Instead of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run - you guessed it - it's a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, the same distance as the annual Tinman Triathlon in Tupper Lake. The race will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"This race is a great opportunity for regional residents to take part in an exciting, inspirational day, with just half the time commitment required for the full distance race in July," Rielly said.

While the 140.6-mile Ironman has been held for 19 years in Lake Placid, drawing a number of dedicated volunteers who come back every year, the 70.3-mile race is brand new and may take a little time for residents around the region to realize this is yet another fun and exciting volunteer opportunity.

"We hope that folks make it a habit to mark the 70.3 on their annual volunteer calendar," Rielly said.

According to Ironman 70.3 volunteer coordinator and ROOST Events Manager Sue Cameron, the following are critical areas in need of volunteers for the Sept. 10 race:


Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9

-Athlete check-in


Sunday, Sept. 10

-Volunteer food tent (both shifts)

-Course marshals


-Medical tent (both license and unlicensed)

-Volunteer security


Volunteers are invited to the volunteer party following the race, 6 to 8 p.m. at the High Peaks Resort. It will include food and prizes. Admission only requires that participants wear their volunteer shirt. Prizes at the volunteer party will include an Amazon Echo and a GoPro HERO camera.

Volunteers can sign up online at or they can show up the day of the race to volunteer and either go right to the area where they want to volunteer, or visit the volunteer tent to be directed to locations in need of volunteers. The volunteer tent will be located on the hill directly in front of the school at the transition area at the Olympic Speedskating Oval.


Grants for nonprofit volunteer groups

The Ironman Foundation provides incentives for local nonprofit charities to qualify for grants. Just like the full-distance race, the 70.3 offers grant funding for volunteer groups that support the event.

"This race is a terrific opportunity for volunteers to both raise money for their favorite charity, and to contribute to the success of this first-time event," Cameron said. "Volunteering for an Ironman race can be life changing for many. It is both inspiring as well as an opportunity to help the community, the athletes and meet great new friends. On top of all that, it's a really fun way to spend all or part of the day. Who knows? You may be inspired enough to take the plunge and race yourself next year."

Each year, the Ironman Foundation accepts grant applications from nonprofit groups with a volunteerism component from all of their U.S. race communities. Since 2003, the Foundation has supported a variety of Adirondack community efforts at various levels.

Typically, nonprofit groups select one volunteer "station" for their group to manage or to provide a contingent of volunteers for during the race. Cameron notes that there are still some fun volunteer assignments available this year for both individuals and groups.

"Charities do not necessarily have to have 501c3 status," added Cameron. "We welcome new volunteer groups of 20 or more people to raise funds for their cause, whether it is a boy or girl scout troop, a college club, or raising funds to cover travel expenses for a high school sports team, to name just a few. There are many other organizations that could qualify for grant funds. If you give us a call, we can let you know if your group would qualify."

Groups interested in applying for Ironman Foundation grants should contact Sue Cameron at for more information. Individuals interested in volunteering for this year's Ironman 70.3 can sign up for available positions online at:


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