To commemorate the 20th year of IRONMAN Lake Placid, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than US$110,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Lake Placid region in conjunction with the 2018 IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon taking place on Sunday, July 22. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback to more than US$1.6 million in the region since inception.
“It’s an honour to support so many incredible local community organizations and causes,” said Sarah Hartmann, acting Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a tangible and lasting impact in Lake Placid. It will be a highlight to celebrate with the community and offer athletes and their families two service project opportunities during race week.”
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2018, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than US$1.7 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities.
Community grants will be awarded to 27 organizations within Lake Placid and the surrounding areas. The grantees include:
Ausable River Association
Educational Opportunity Fund for The Lake Placid Central School District
Essex County Sheriff’s Office Benevolent Fund, Inc.
I WILL Foundation
Keene Public Library
Lake Placid Community Beautification Association
Lake Placid Cross Country Team
Lake Placid Essex County Quality Destination, Inc.
Lake Placid Outing Club
Lake Placid PBA
Lake Placid Village
Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service
Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department
Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition
Little Peaks Preschool
Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service
New York Conservation Officers Association
North Country SPCA
NYS Trooper Foundation
Town of Black Brook
Town of Jay
Town of Keene
United States Luge Association
Village of Lake Placid Fire Department
Wilmington Fire and Rescue
20 Years of IRONMAN Lake Placid presented by the IRONMAN Foundation
To celebrate the 20th year of the event, the IRONMAN Foundation will host a special ‘20 Years of Lake Placid’ reception to honour the event’s founders and key stakeholders. Notable attendees include Graham Fraser, a pioneer who put IRONMAN events on the map in North America, two-time IRONMAN Lake Placid Champion, IRONMAN World Champion and IRONMAN Hall of Famer Heather Fuhr, and New York City Firefighter Matt Long.
In 2005, Matt Long was struck by a 20-tonne bus as it was making an illegal turn. After more than five months in hospital and 40 operations, he finished IRONMAN Lake Placid in 2009. A silent auction will showcase entries into select IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, hotel stays, VIP packages and various commemorative items. Proceeds from the auction will provide additional giveback to the local community.
The IRONMAN Foundation will partner with the Lake Placid Outing Club to host a water safety and stand-up paddle boarding clinic for local youth on Thursday, July 19 at Mirror Lake as part of IRONMAN Lake Placid race week. The service project will conclude with a paddle-board race for the children as they put their newly acquired skills to the test. The Lake Placid Outing Club will be presented with 10 mountain bikes through the Bike for a Kid program, as well as a US$4,000 Community Grant to be used to support their mission in empowering youth through wilderness activities.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the IRONMAN Foundation on this community service project,” said Dave Balestrini, Chairman of the Board at Lake Placid Outing Club. “Local kids will greatly enjoy and learn from this experience. The Lake Placid Outing Club is also grateful for the continued support of the IRONMAN Foundation as it allows us to reach more youth in our community and expand the experiences that we are able to offer them.”
Bike for a Kid presented by FLO Cycling
Additionally, the IRONMAN Foundation, in partnership with FLO Cycling, will host a ‘Bike for a Kid’ pop-up service project in the IRONMAN Village on July 19-20. IRONMAN Lake Placid athletes, along with their families and friends, are invited to visit the IRONMAN Foundation booth to assemble a bike for local kids in need. A total of 50 bikes will be built and distributed to children within the region including several active duty military families through a partnership with Blue Star Families, providing a tangible link between athletes and the host race community.