Events

Submitted by guest blogger, Traci Wagner. Bang! The gun goes off and into the water we go, the once-calm lake now boiling over with swimmers. It’s a sight worth seeing, and I’m right in the middle of it. This is it — I’m finally competing in Ironman Lake Placid.  Swimming Mirror Lake isn’t like swimming any other Ironman course. I found my pace and positioned myself amongst equally efficient swimmers and we cruised right along. Ironman Lake Placid attracts some of the most positive and humble people to race with. As I exited the water to begin my second loop I felt a tap on my shoulder. I... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger, Traci Wagner. Swimming, biking, and running in the Adirondacks is a triathlete’s training and racing paradise. Ironman just celebrated its 20th year running in Lake Placid, New York, and it’s no wonder summer after summer, year after year, triathletes from all over the world travel here to test their limits — to accomplish swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles in one day on a course immersed in the grandeur of the mountains.  Like many mid-20-year-olds, six years ago I was trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted from life. It wasn’... continue reading
 
  It's a big year for Ironman Lake Placid. This July will mark the village's 20th Ironman race, making it the longest running Ironman in North America. From July 16 - July 22, we’re celebrating! But that’s not all we're celebrating — it’s also Ironman’s 40th anniversary. So while all of the other Ironman races are celebrating one achievement, Lake Placid gets to celebrate two. In honor of the 20th race, Lake Placid will have a pop-up exhibit called IMLP Stories (Ironman Lake Placid Stories), located on the second floor of the Conference Center at Lake Placid during athlete check-in.... continue reading
 
The Fourth of July in Lake Placid comes complete with sunshine, live music, a parade, family fun, and exciting nightlife; it's a perfect, old-fashioned, small-town day with world-class events and musical acts worth traveling for. What does a Fourth of July look like in Lake Placid? Well, here is a list of "must dos" so you don't miss a thing! 10 a.m.: It's never too early for music Free, family-fun music with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards in Mid's Park. Your family will enjoy this traveling band, coming all the way from New Orleans. Every member of this band is a music educator, which... continue reading
 
When the Lake Placid Horse Show and the I Love New York Horse Show come to Lake Placid, I get so excited. My kids and I can spend an entire day at these events, and then go back day after day for more fun. These are two of the nation's most prestigious equine events, complete with world-class riders and their well-cared-for horses. In fact, the championship hunter and jumper competitors compete for more than $530,000 in prizes and awards. I am not qualified to tell you about judging these competitions, but I can tell you about the outside world of the horse shows. There is so much going on... continue reading
 
Lake Placid, A Perfect Summer Getaway The word vacation was invented in the Adirondacks, this came about as the wealthy of Boston and New York city vacated the city for the fresh mountain air of the Adirondacks. Once you visit you will understand why. Maybe it is the feeling you get as soon as you enter the park. The feeling of relaxation as the real world problems melt away. Breathing in the mountain air. Whatever it is that creates that feeling of peace, it is evident in the Adirondacks. Nestled in the mountains is the village of Lake Placid. Travelers have vacationed here for generations... continue reading
 
Come to Lake Placid for the scenery, and stay for the arts and culture. Lake Placid in the spring and summer is jam packed with events: parades, the horse show, lacrosse, triathlons, and the arts. Yes, the arts. Lake Placid is a destination that has a growing arts scene with live entertainment, theater, concerts, annual film festivals, and art exhibitions by renowned artists. Beginning in May, Lake Placid starts to come out of its winter comfort zone, looking for entertainment once Whiteface Mountain closes. Here are a few things to look for this spring and summer in the Lake Placid arts and... continue reading
 
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Skiing is wonderful. It's common to see small children happily taking turns down the slopes, and this can form the basis for a ski-loving companion to think "anyone can do it." But it's not for everyone. There are plenty of good reasons you might not want to join your downhill-loving clan at the moment. At the same time, you don't want to spoil anyone's fun. Wave farewell as they catch the shuttle bus to the mountain, and discover your own way to have fun in the snow. Here are some ideas. A different slope Nordic skiing is about skiing on the flat instead of a slope. You can choose from... continue reading
 
These days, as we're getting closer to the Olympics, I can hardly watch a milk commercial without getting teary-eyed. You know the ones I mean? They feature letters from proud parents to the athletes about how they were "born" on skis, how they never gave up, how they endured endless nights at the rinks, and cold days at the mountain... Now, here they are — Olympic athletes. They have trained their whole lives for this. This moment in time, this event, this year. Now. People in cities, towns, and states all over the country will connect to these commercials. They speak of dreams coming... continue reading
 
If you like winter sports action, good local food, and zip lines, then you need to check out the 38th annual Empire State Winter Games. The huge, multi-sport event runs from February 1-4 and it’s coming out of the gate bigger and better than ever. This year there will be more competitors, a centralized village, a Jumbotron to watch it all on, and it’s all kicked off by a relay torch run that begins in Manhattan and ends in Lake Placid. Combine all of that with good food, craft beer, and events happening across several Adirondack communities, and the Games start to look more like a... continue reading
 

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