LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Former Texas Tech baseball player Randy Gattis is preparing to embark on one of the most famous, yet grueling, Iron Man triathlon’s in the U.S. - Lake Placid.
Known for its extremely difficult terrain through the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, Lake Placid is the longest-running Iron Man triathlon in North America. The event sells out every year and attracts Iron Man athletes from around the world.
“I’m very honored to be a part of it,” Gattis said. “It’s on everyone’s race bucket list. It starts out with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride in the mountains. It’s a two-loop course, 56 miles each loop. The last 11 miles of each loop are uphill and after the bike ride it’s a 26.2 mile run.”
Obviously it’s a very tough course, but Gattis said he will draw from plenty of inspiration to keep him going.
“I lost my grandmother to cancer last year which hit me pretty hard,” Gattis said. I’ve been raising money through a cancer foundation, and one of the neat things I’m doing is I’m gathering up names of folks - I have 35 right now - who’ve battled or have been affected by some sort of cancer. I’m going to carry those names with me the entire race, so the whole 140 miles I’ll have those names with me. Just knowing when I’m out there suffering, its nothing compared to what these guys went through with this terrible disease.”