Jul 24, 2003 — This week, North Country Public Radio is exploring outdoor recreation. It's a passion for many in the region, but also a major business - a cornerstone of the tourism economy from the Adirondacks to the Thousand Islands. Many of the sports that are marketed to families and amateurs can be risky. This weekend, thousands of spectators will crowd Lake Placid for the fifth annual Ironman. The 140-mile race is a thrilling challenge, but often a third of those who compete need medical attention. Many wind up seriously ill or in the hospital.
Brian Mann's report on the Ironman first aired last fall. It has been updated for this week's broadcast.