Well, yet another big weekend event and another successful one held in Lake Placid. The annual Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid Triathlon, although an inconvenience for some, once again demonstrated that the Olympic Village can pull together and successfully host a world-class event.
However, the event wouldn’t have been a success without all the volunteers, support staff and the entire community. Racers raved about both the volunteers and fans of the Ironman. Many competitors said they could not believe so many people stood out in the pouring rain as they ran, walked or biked past.
Hats off to all the volunteers who helped make this event so successful. Cheers to all the emergency support, including the village police department, state police, ambulance squads and fire departments from the entire region who helped make sure everyone was safe during the event. Kudos to anyone who helped make Ironman a success in little ways, perhaps not noticed by anyone.
Bravo to all the fans who braved the inclement weather and cheered from the curb, their porches or local businesses. Every clap of hands, every yell of “Good job,” “Way to go” or “You can do it” surely had an immeasurable, but lasting, impression on each and every Ironman competitor.
The Ironman competition brought out not only the innermost determination, courage and fierce competitive spirit of each racer, but the event also united those who volunteered to help make the event successful. In fact, the race probably would not even happen without those volunteers.
Everyone in the community should take a moment to thank all those who volunteered. Volunteering may not seem very glamorous or a big deal to some people, but it is something that makes our community such a special place. Those efforts should be noted and recognized with each event hosted in Lake Placid.