The IRONMAN Foundation® Community Fund will distribute $60,000 in grant funding to initiatives and groups in the Lake Placid, New York community in conjunction with the 2014 IRONMAN® Lake Placid triathlon taking place on Sunday, July 27, 2014. The 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 $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 $10,000 to the Lake Placid community to support first responder groups throughout the Adirondack region. Another $10,000 will be distributed between two local non-profits in an effort to support the community organizations that positively impact the area. The recipient of this grant will be identified at the Athlete Welcome Ceremony and Charity Auction on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Mid’s Park on Main Street, Lake Placid.
In addition to donating funds to these community organizations, The IRONMAN Foundation will provide the additional $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 $225,000 to support The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. These proceeds from the Community Fund then provide grant opportunities to non-profit organizations in the communities where U.S. IRONMAN events are held.
One such 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 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is the Official Charity Partner of the 2014 IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon. MMRF will debut its MMRF “Team for Cures” at the IRONMAN Lake Placid race on July 27, 2014 with a team of 100 athletes. The MMRF team is on track to raise more than $800,000 for lifesaving myeloma research this year, accelerating innovative treatment approaches to extend the lives of myeloma patients in hopes of finding a cure for this rare and as of yet incurable blood cancer.
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. The Long Island-based South Shore Tri Coach team will help to distribute the cookies to residents on Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25, 2014. Residents who live in Keene, Jay, Upper Jay, Ausable Forks and Wilmington, whose homes are not directly on the route, are invited to pick up freshly-baked cookies at the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center on route 86 in Wilmington.