The veterans of the sport will tell you, a long time ago Ironman was really close to choose Mont-Tremblant over Lake Placid… Well, Mont-Tremblant got his vengeance. The recent additions of Ironman Mont-Tremblant and Ironman U.S. Championship (aka IMNYC) is putting Lake Placid in a very vulnerable situation to negotiate (if WTC want to!) and the locals are worried.
Les vétérans vous le diront, il y a très longtemps, Mont-Tremblant était très proche d’accueillir sa course Ironman mais ils avaient préféré Lake Placid, comme vous le savez Tremblant a eu sa vengeance. Les dernières additions des courses à Tremblant et à New York mettent Lake Placid dans une position très vulnérable pour négocier (enfin si encore WTC le veut!)… Et l’inquiétude semble grandissante chez les locaux…
“We were not privy to the details of the negotiations that resulted in the current contract between Lake Placid and World Triathlon [Corporation] which ends in 2012. Our attempts to understand what unfolded have been met with two responses—unreturned phone calls and the current explanation we read again in the past few days that we paraphrase as ‘don’t worry, this area is so special and the event so successful, it will never leave.’ Well guess what, that is not correct. By almost accounts, the Tremblant Ironman and the NYC Ironman are designed to replace the Lake Placid Ironman.”
The store owners point out that IMLP has a $50 million impact on the region, and that without the event, they and their 15 employees “will not go out to dinner, or get our teeth cleaned, or get the house painted either. We will not be able to support local events and charities, go to the gym or pay for insurance.” Placid Planet proposes “open, honest and creative discussions” to convince the WTC to keep the race in Lake Placid.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.