Village approves more summer events

Ironman, mini-triathlons, marathon, July 4 parade on schedule

Jen and Brian McEntee, of Philadelphia, finish the half marathon portion of the 2019 Lake Placid Marathon and Half at the Olympic Speedskating Oval. (News photo — Justin A. Levine)

LAKE PLACID — Members of the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees on Monday, June 7 approved several summer events that were not held last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the annual July 4 parade.

Ironman Lake Placid

As per a request from Ironman Lake Placid Race Director Greg Borzilleri, the village board approved closing Main Street — from Mirror Lake Drive at Central Garage to Cummins Road — starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 24 through the morning of Monday, July 26. Race day for the triathlon is Sunday, July 25.

The closure of the street, which is also a part of state Route 86, is needed for the finish line, which will be around the crosswalk where the former timing building was located at the Olympic Speedskating Oval. The finish line is usually located at the oval, but it is not available this year due to construction.


Village board members approved four Monday night mini-triathlons this summer, sponsored by High Peaks Cyclery: June 28, July 12 and 26 and Aug. 9. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and racing begins at 6:30.

The course will be the same as previous years, with the 400-yard swim at the boat launch next to the tennis courts, a 12-mile round-trip bike ride along Mirror Lake Drive, Northwood Road and Route 86, and a 3-mile run out to Pole 13 on Mount Whitney Road and back.

There will be a 60-person limit, and all participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Athletes are responsoble for their own on-course hydration and nutrition.

Spectators are asked not to congregate.

Registration will be done in the store or on the High Peaks Cyclery website.

July 4 parade

Trustees also approved a request from Mary Jane Lawrence, chief operating officer of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism in Lake Placid, to hold the Fourth of July parade on Main Street. There will be a 5 p.m. start.

The lineup is usually at Cummins Road; however, due to construction at the Olympic Center and oval, the starting point has not yet been set.

Bethany Valenze, ROOST’s event coordinator, volunteer director and Lake Placid regional marketing manager, told board members that alternative lineup sites could be School Street or upper Parkside Drive (starting from the post office).

The annual fireworks display will be held, Valenze said, but she is waiting on an updated license from the fireworks company before filing a permit application.

Lake Placid Marathon and Half

Village board members approved the Lake Placid Marathon and Half for Sunday, Sept. 12 this year, with the anticipation that it would return to its usual date — the second Sunday in June — for 2022. Marathon owner/operator Greg Borzilleri said he expects some level of COVID-19 vaccination requirement for athletes, volunteers and staff.

The race usually sees between 1,100 and 1,200 participants.

“And we hope to be able to offer full registration options in terms of athletes with the full COVID vaccine requirement,” Borzilleri wrote in an email to village Clerk Anita Estling on June 4.

Registration for the marathon was temporarily closed until more COVID-19 guidance is approved. A post on the marathon’s Facebook page earlier in the week said registration would be reopened once an agreement with “permitting agencies” is made.

Mutt Strut

Trustees also approved use of the municipal Beach House on Parkside Drive for the eighth annual Mutt Strut on Sunday, Sept. 19, hosted by the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and North Country SPCA. The area will be used for registration and the finish line from 8 to 11:30 a.m. for this 5k run/walk around Mirror Lake, which will start at 10 a.m.

Emergency room hours

Village board members announced that Adirondack Health will provide 24-hour emergency room service at the Lake Placid Health & Medical Fitness Center on the Fourth of July and Ironman Lake Placid weekends. The information was communicated in a May 25 letter to the village. The ER is usually open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The special hours will be 8 a.m. Saturday, July 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 5; and 8 a.m. Saturday, July 24 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 26.