LAKE PLACID – After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus, Ironman Lake Placid in Upstate New York returned last month and took its place among the most challenging and scenic races on the global schedule. Alongside this grueling competition, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa also took its position among the best places to stay for Ironman Lake Placid.
Over 1,700 men and women tackled the daunting race on a warm day (Sunday, July 25) that opened with a 2.4 mile swim in Mirror Lake, before segueing into a 112-mile bike leg through the Adirondack region, and finally, a full, 26.2 mile marathon over uphills, downhills, steeps and flats that brought the competitors into view of the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex.
The fastest of them was a pair of Swedes as men’s winner Rasmus Svenningsson was the first athlete to cross the finish line, doing so in 8 hours, 12 minutes and 25 seconds, while compatriot Lisa Norden took the top honors among the women in 9:11:26. Remarkably, it was Norden’s first full-distance Ironman performance.
The men’s winner trailed France’s Arnaud Guilloux by nearly two minutes when the racers emerged from Mirror Lake, but Svenningsson, with his mother cheering him on, overtook the Frenchman in the bike and marathon legs and claimed a 10 minute victory.
Norden, meanwhile, was never threatened. She led by almost five minutes after the swim and extended the advantage the rest of the way to win by 7.5 minutes. American veteran triathlete Heather Jackson was runner-up.
In the midst of the pre-race buildup was the persistent chatter concerning the future of Ironman Lake Placid in this two-time Olympic Village. But several days prior to the running of the 22nd edition of the event, race organizers and Lake Placid officials announced the event’s return in 2022.
That was well received by the athletes who could register for next year’s race on Monday, July 26. Not only did they commit for 2022, but over 50 of them have already booked their lodging with the Mirror Lake Inn, thus illustrating the hotel’s status with this audience as one of the area’s best stays for Ironman Lake Placid.
Cover photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise/Parker O’Brien
Biking image courtesy Ironman Lake Placid