American Red Cross and IRONMAN Foundation to Hold Massive Hands-Only CPR Training in Lake Placid

July 13, 2017

Service project part of $90,000 in charitable giveback at 2017 IRONMAN Lake Placid

TAMPA, Fla. (July 13, 2017) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will host a large-scale Hands-Only CPR training for the community of Lake Placid, for IRONMAN athletes, and for their families and friends, on July 20, 21 and 22 at IRONMAN Village located inside the Olympic Oval as part of IRONMAN® Lake Placid race week. In addition, The IRONMAN Foundation will award a $5,000 Community Grant to the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region to support its training programs. The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $90,000 in total charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Lake Placid region in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN® Lake Placid triathlon taking place on Sunday, July 23.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the IRONMAN Foundation to bring lifesaving training to thousands of people during IRONMAN Lake Placid race week,” said Jane Gendron, Executive Director of the American Red Cross North Country Chapter, which serves the community of Lake Placid. “This is a unique opportunity and we are very grateful to the IRONMAN Foundation and our many dedicated volunteers for helping to make it possible.”

The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. This year’s grant funding brings the total historical giveback to more than $1.5 million in the region. In 2017, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.5 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.

In addition to the American Red Cross, two local non-profit organizations will receive Community Grant awards, the Lake Placid Outing Club and the Mirror Lake Watershed Association. Grants will be awarded at the Welcome Ceremony on Friday, July 21 and will include a special grant to Adirondack Health’s Stafford New Life Center. IRONMAN athlete Ryan Heisler raised the funds for the special grant as part of the IRONMAN Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause Program” and in memory of his infant son, Owen.

“As both an organization and as individuals, we are incredibly moved by Ryan’s support for our Stafford New Life Center,” said Sylvia Getman, Adirondack Health President & CEO. “His generosity and compassion will touch hundreds of lives, and we are so very grateful to count Ryan as a friend. We wish him, and all of his fellow competitors, a safe and successful IRONMAN.”

“It’s an honor to support so many incredible local community organizations and causes,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a tangible and lasting impact in Lake Placid. It will be a highlight to meet members of the community, the athletes and their friends at the three-day Hands-Only CPR training, introduce them to our IRONMAN Foundation Ambassadors, including Team Captain and ’Voice of IRONMAN‘ Mike Reilly and learn how to save a life!”

For more information on IRONMAN and The IRONMAN Foundation, please visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org. For media related inquiries, please contact [email protected].


About The IRONMAN Foundation

The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in IRONMAN race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN Foundation programs to more than 6,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.


A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Holdings

Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.

About Adirondack Health

Adirondack Health is the family of facilities and individuals who have provided sophisticated care to the Adirondack region of northern New York and beyond for the past 100 years.  They include: Adirondack Medical Center/Saranac Lake, Adirondack Medical Center/Lake Placid, Mountain Health Center (Keene), Lake Placid Health Center, Saranac Lake Health Center, Tupper Lake Health Center, Mercy Living Center (Tupper Lake), and Adirondack Dental Service (Lake Placid).  The highly trained and compassionate individuals who work at these facilities provide a full range of medical, surgical and long-term care services.  Adirondack Health is the only full service health system in the Adirondack Park.

Adirondack Health is not only the leading provider of healthcare for the residents and visitors of the Adirondack region, it is also the largest private employer in the Adirondack Park.  In addition to the physical and social health of the community, Adirondack Health plays a significant role in the economic health of the community.  With over 850 full-time employees, Adirondack Health has a $148 million annual impact on the local economy.  As a result of these factors, and more, Adirondack Health is a key community institution and an advocate for improving the health and economic well-being of the patients, residents, businesses and visitors it serves.

To learn more about the programs and services of Adirondack Health, visit www.adirondackhealth.org.