Scenic Lake Placid, NY is home to one of the world’s most bucket-listed Ironman races. IRONMAN Lake Placid! From its family-friendly locale to its exciting finish line, this Ironman has been chosen time and time again as one of the most appealing races the sport has to offer.
- Average water temperature: between 68-72 degrees Farenheit
- Average finish time for 2013: 13 hours 11minutes
- Most notable leg of the race: the bike course due to elevation changes
- Host of the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980
- 2013 Winner: Andy Potts @ 8 hours, 43 minutes, 25 seconds
IRONMAN Lake Placid’s Olympic-Sized Appeal:
A few pre-Placid tips are to take a more relaxed approach to all three courses—which may sound like an obvious statement for many seasoned pros. But given this course’s tight swimming venue, you’re better off starting wide or you’ll risk getting a few elbows to the face. And taking a more patient approach to the bike and run courses provides you with the necessary stamina for their challenging finishes. And speaking of the finish, be prepared for one of the most exciting and beautiful Ironman finish lines, which is said to pack spectators until well after midnight!