With Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Canada taking place this weekend the communities of Lake Placid and Whistler will be overrun by thousands of fit athletes and their support crews. The Ironman Foundation Community Fund distributes funding to initiatives that augment communities where their races take place.
The foundation will be giving US $60,000 to groups in Lake Placid in conjunction with this Sunday’s race. Ironman Lake Placid event is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the Ironman events in North America. The Ironman Foundation’s contribution will provide support to non-profit needs and initiatives within the local community. With the 2014 donations from the Ironman Foundation, a total of US $1,311,033 has been given to support the needs of the community since the first Ironman Lake Placid event.
The Ironman Foundation will donate US $10,000 to the Lake Placid community to support first responder groups throughout the Adirondack region. Another US $10,000 will be distributed between two local non-profits in an effort to support the community organizations that positively impact the area.
The Ironman Foundation will provide the additional US $40,000 in grant donations to local non-profit groups who have a volunteerism component to their organizations. Through 325 Ironman Lake Placid Foundation race slots, athletes have helped raise over US $225,000 to support The Ironman Foundation Community Fund.
One grant recipient is the Adirondack Foundation, which administers the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF) in Lake Placid. Three 2014 Olympians received support from the UISF, travelling to Sochi to realize their Olympic dreams.
“Our partnership with the Ironman Foundation has made a real difference to athletes and communities across the Olympic region,” said Cali Brooks, Executive Director of Adirondack Foundation. “As a community foundation, we aim to increase the role of philanthropy in the Adirondack region. The grants we’ve made to athletes, youth programs and communities, as a result of our relationship with Ironman, demonstrate the power of generosity.”
The Ironman Foundation is also partnering with The Cookie Project Inc, in order to create goodwill while promoting safe driving and responsible cycling in the Lake Placid region. The Cookie Project, with the help of area resident Karen Cooper, will bake over 4,000 cookies for the residents living along the Ironman Lake Placid bike and run courses.