Why you should volunteer for Ironman 70.3

It's a blast!

Glenn, a 2015 Ironman volunteer, says,

"Being an Ironman volunteer is incredibly inspiring and fulfilling. I've never received so many thank yous for volunteering. The athletes truly respect and appreciate you being there for them. Plus, it's a blast!"

You have to be there to understand

Mary, a 2015, 2016, and 2017 volunteer, says:

"Growing up as an athlete, sports seemed to come naturally. It wasn't until I left high school that I realized being a true athlete took dedication. This was proven once again when I was honored to assist with volunteering during the Ironman Lake Placid event in July of 2016. It was incredible to watch these athletes push their bodies to new extremes. You witness a couple of thousand people complete one of their largest feats to date. It's an experience and a feeling that is hard to explain — to be honest, you have to be there to understand. The event sends chills down your spine and makes you want to try one yourself. I joke that I would have left town with the organization if I hadn't already placed down roots here in the beautiful Adirondacks. Volunteering and helping this dream become a reality for these athletes is priceless and I don't think I'll ever stop helping Ironman in one way or another. So perhaps you may see me on the racecourse someday at Lake Placid Ironman 70.3." 

You're part of something special

Brooke, a 2015 first-time Ironman volunteer, says:

"Volunteering for Ironman is an absolute thrill. The amount of energy in Lake Placid that day is amazing, and it makes you feel like you are part of something truly special...which you are!"

I love what I do!

Cora, who has served 19 years as an Ironman Lake Placid medical captain, says:

"I love meeting people, and I have met many over the years volunteering for Ironman. I've been a nurse for 40 years and it's my innate nature to help others. I love where I live and want others to be able to love it too, and by volunteering I can assist them in finding the resources needed for them to enjoy their time here. I love sports. I love what I do!"

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 bethany@roostadk.com or (518) 636-0096.



I am free that day ....would love to help out....

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