Origin of the Crazy 8

Origin of the Crazy 8

Photo credit: Sue Snyder

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The fog had lifted from Mirror Lake, the still surface reflecting dark storm clouds.

On the beach, 2,500 men and women clad in black neoprene wet suits, fluorescent swim caps on their heads, herded toward the shoreline.

For such a large group they were surprisingly quiet, a few laughing or talking nervously, but most quiet and contemplative.

They were about to swim 2.4 miles.

Then they would ride their bikes 112 miles through the Adirondack Mountains.

And then they would run a 26.2-mile marathon.

This was Ironman Lake Placid, a race that in its 15th year remains one of the most popular on the growing Ironman circuit.

A race that eight men from the Roanoke Valley would be tackling over the next 11 to 13 hours.

Source: Roanoke Times
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