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Ironman athlete impressed with event, will be back again

August 3, 2017
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Just a few comments about Ironman Lake Placid. I am 60, and this year was my first full distance Ironman. I went with my son, age 29, and nephew, age 30, and it was also their first. Other family members came as well: my wife, son, daughter, sister-in-law. It truly was a family affair.

My overwhelming impression beginning on race day was fantastic! My son finished, my nephew finished, I had to quit after 10 miles of the run, due to pretty bad blisters, even though I had about four hours left. But it was still fantastic.

The region truly embraces this event, and as an athlete, I could absolutely feel their energy. This is THEIR event. It is about them, not really about me or us at all, so that was awesome.

The volunteers were many in number and each and every one, especially at the aid stations, were prepared, pleasant supportive and on the money with what they were handing out. The state police were pleasant and effective, not haughty and overbearing.

I was amazed at how the IMLP organization pulled off this race, with the huge numbers in town and the infinite number of logistics to deal with in getting this thing together. They did it without a hitch, and for that I am grateful and truly amazed.

I will absolutely be back in the future. I'd of course like to finish, but I want other family members and friends to experience this event with me, either in the race or as a spectator. I spent a lot of time interacting with the people, support and otherwise, out on the course, but next time, I will spend even more time. They need to know they really make a difference, and I plan to tell them myself next year.

Now admittedly, weather was pretty perfect for participants and spectators, and that plays a huge role, but still this thing was like an event I've never experienced. I spent a lot of the past year trying to get things like with bikes, pedals, training, nutrition, charts, graphs, schedules, etc. I'm so glad for the experience and hope that next time I'll be a little more relaxed and enjoy it even more.

I really never expected this, either the incredible organization and also the "show" they put on.

So to all involved, starting with the race director, all the way down to the 10-year-old girl handing out bananas and telling me, "You're looking great. Keep it up," I say thank you.

See you next July, God willing.

Paul Dufault

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts



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