Lake Placid will host its first ever Ironman 70.3 race on Sunday, September 10. We still need lots of volunteers. For many people, volunteering for an Ironman race is a life-changing experience. It certainly has been for me. The very first race in Lake Placid in 1999 was the first time I volunteered as a swim spotter in the group of over 60 kayakers. I spent several years subsequent to that volunteering there and in different areas. In 2010 I began working as an assistant to the Ironman Lake Placid volunteer director, and took over as director of volunteers in 2015. The experience has changed my life in many ways, and I've gotten to know some amazing people who have become friends I'll have for the rest of my life. It's been an amazing experience over the years, one I wouldn't change for anything. It's the volunteers that continually amaze me!
Many of our volunteers go on to become Ironman athletes themselves after being inspired by volunteering at a race. That alone is a self-confidence builder! Volunteering is an experience that's hard to describe. If you've never volunteered for an Ironman race, you really should — at least once. I guarantee it will change you in some way. Most of our returning volunteers are residents of the region who have found a home in the Ironman family. Oh, and did I mention the volunteers have a lot of fun?
Volunteering for groups also has a benefit. The Ironman Foundation has set up a volunteerism grant program, leaving behind an amazing legacy in each community a race is held. For non-profit groups who bring a minimum of 20 volunteers, there are grant opportunities.
If you have a group you'd like to bring to volunteer, or have more questions about volunteering, please contact Bethany Valenze at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 636-0096.