---- — TAMPA, Fla. — The Ironman Foundation Community Fund will give $55,000 in grant funding to local non-profit groups as part of the 2013 Ironman Lake Placid triathlon.
Counting the 2013 donations, a total of more than $1.5 million has been given to support the needs of the community since the first Ironman Lake Placid event in 1999.
The foundation will donate $5,000 to Lake Placid Central School for a technology project to better equip classrooms with new digital projectors in elementary schools.
Additionally, with many of the first-responders for police, fire and EMS duties during the race being volunteer based, the foundation will allocate $10,000 to volunteer departments across the region.
The foundation will also provide $40,000 in donations to local non-profit groups whose organizations have a volunteer component.
The Ironman Foundation gives registered athletes a platform to fundraise for the foundation or a non-profit beneficiary of their choice as they train for their triathlon.
More than 300 people are registered as Ironman Foundation athletes for the Lake Placid event, and many have signed up to participate in the foundation’s Your Journey, Your Cause campaign. Collectively, they have raised more than $250,000 for their causes.
The Ironman featured athlete for Lake Placid is Michael Delgado, a firefighter from West Islip, who has raised $7,000 for the Lake Placid community.
Debuting this year in Lake Placid is the Ironman Foundation Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team. Its goal is to have athletes share the concept of “service through sport and commitment to community.”
A total of 44 athletes were recruited to represent the team. Eleven members will be representing the team in Lake Placid and have identified the Ausable River Association as a beneficiary.
They participated in a community-service project to help the Rivermede Farm River Restoration in Keene Valley with cleanup after recent flooding.
Additionally, the team will donate money to the Ausable River Association to go toward completing the restoration.
This year’s Ironman Lake Placid will take place Sunday, July 28.
The website lists it as “one of the most challenging Ironman courses with its famous Adirondack climbs.
“Athletes begin with a two-loop swim in clear Mirror Lake, with the famous sight line lining the bottom of the lake.
“Transitioning in the Olympic Speed Skating Oval to the bike, the rolling mountain views provide a scenic backdrop.
“Two loops of 56 miles bring competitors back to the oval once again, where they begin their 26.2-mile run through the town and around the lake.”
For more information, visit ironman.com and ironmanfoundation.org.