IRONMAN Lake PlacidLake Placid, adirondacks usa — The 2017 edition of IRONMAN Lake Placid received high marks as a race host town, based on a survey of IRONMAN competitors from around the world.

IRONMAN officials recently announced Lake Placid took the honor of best race experience venue in the IRONMAN Athletes Choice Award, sharing the top spot with Mont Tremblant. Other accolades include 2nd in three categories: best overall bike, best overall host city experience and will recommend to a friend; 3rd in best overall run; 4th in overall satisfaction (tied); and 5th in best post-race celebration.

Scores were based on athlete surveys from all the 2017 races—39 IRONMAN and 102 IRONMAN 70.3 events, with over 50,000 respondents. 

"These survey results underscore the quality of the Adirondack landscape for cycling, running and other outdoor pursuits for both leisure travelers and world class athletes," said James McKenna, CEO of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. “The success of IRONMAN Lake Placid continues to build on our brand as a year-round global sports and resort destination.” 

Lake Placid is now the longest-running IRONMAN triathlon in the continental United States, with the first iteration in 1999. The July race draws an estimated 10,000 people to the region, including athletes, support staff, spectators and volunteers. Continuing the tradition of hosting world-class events, Lake Placid hosted for the first time in 2017 an IRONMAN 70.3 on Sept. 10.

The following is a sampling of athlete testimonials about Lake Placid:

"The Lake Placid venue is magical. The volunteers and spectator support is top notch! I think some of that 1980 Olympic magic has stuck around over the years." 

"I seriously couldn't think of a better place to do my first IRONMAN.”

"The entire experience from venue to race was absolutely amazing! For my first 140.6 experience, it was wonderful."

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Carrie Gentile, communications coordinator

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

direct: 518.621.3665 or 518.523.2445 ext. 123