SPORTS SHORTS – 07/18/12

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (July 17, 2012) – IRONMAN is gearing up for the 14th edition of IRONMAN Lake Placid scheduled for Sunday, July  22, 2012, in Lake Placid. More than 2,800 athletes are expected to compete in the event, known as the oldest IRONMAN in the continental U.S. and as one of the most popular events in the sport.

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Sunday’s race will not only bring an impressive pro lineup showcasing well-known athletes in the field like Americans Andy Potts and Hillary Biscay, as well as Australian Pete Jacobs, but will also a feature a list of age-group competitors with a range of backgrounds and experiences, offering spectators an incredible look into the sport.  While New York is the most represented state in the race, there are athletes from 44 other states and 23 countries from around the world, ranging in age from 18 to 75.

Over the course of 17 hours, athletes will test their physical and mental limits as they race through Lake Placid and will rely on spectators and local residents to cheer them along their journey to the finish line. The athletes will take on a unique course that includes a beautiful swim in Mirror Lake, a challenging bike through the Adirondacks and an equally challenging run, with a transition and finish line located on the Olympic Speed-Skating Oval.

Organizers ask for your cooperation and understanding as you travel around town on race day, as many roads will be temporarily closed to accommodate the 3,000+ participants and spectators. The routes were chosen to highlight the various areas that showcase the unique setting of Lake Placid. For more detailed road closure information, please visit http://ironmanlakeplacid.com/files/2012/07/LP_TrafficImpact_7.3.pdf.

IRONMAN Lake Placid offers a total professional prize purse of $25,000 and 50 age group qualifying slots for the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.  Additional information about the race, including a map of the official course and parking details, can be found at www.ironmanlakeplacid.com.

16U SOFTBAL — The Adirondack Chill 16U fastpitch softball team will play the Great Northern Naturals on Thursday, July 19 at 6 pm at the James Kordziel Athletic Fields. The game is open to the public and free to attend. The Chill is preparing for their 2nd tournament of the season this weekend in Saratoga where they will play Miss Shen Slammers, Lady Bombers ’96 and Colonie Crush on Saturday to determine seeds for Sunday’s single eliminations. There are 16 teams entered in the tournament. July 27-29 the Chill travel to the Miss Shen Invitational before ending the season in Georgia, VT. August 3-5. This year’s team features players from the Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Keene and Long Lake high schools.

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