Senate passes annual Ironman bill

ALBANY – In what has become a yearly tradition, the state Senate has passed a bill to allow licensed, out-of-state health care providers perform services for athletes at Lake Placid’s Ironman triathlon.

“This an annual authorization that ensures this event is a success and that the athletes competing receive the care important to their recovery,” said state Sen. Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury who sponsors the legislation every year.

The bill was sent to the Assembly, where it’s being sponsored by another Queensbury Republican, Dan Stec.

If passed and signed, the bill would allow licensed health care professionals from other states, who volunteer and are sanctioned by World Triathlon Corporation, to perform services for the athletes. These include licensed physicians, physician assistants, massage therapists, chiropractors and podiatrists.

The 2013 Lake Placid Ironman is scheduled for July 28.