LAKE PLACID -- People who come to Ironman Lake Placid speak about the energy.
On Friday, it was already noticeable.
Cyclists and runners were all over the village and surrounding area taking in the Ironman course. Some will be racing on Sunday and were out for a low-key workout. Others were in town as support crew members or mere visitors, out to experience part of the course before the area shuts down for Ironman weekend.
Around 2,000 participants will descend on the tiny village this weekend, along with their family and friends.
The "M-dot" logo of the trademarked "Ironman" is everywhere in this town. And if you're not in town for the Ironman, then you definitely have no idea what hit you.
The Olympic Oval -- used as the outdoor speed skating rink for the 1932 and 1980 Olympics adjacent to the hockey complex -- is Ironman village, where athletes register for the race and vendor ply their wares in the annual race expo. On Sunday, it will turn into one massive transition area and host the finish line. On Monday, it will become the spot where future dreams begin as hundreds of people will line up for the right to sign up for the 2010 race.
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