LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- More than 2,500 athletes at Lake Placid's Ironman Triathlon were joined by an unwelcome competitor.
Mother Nature brought rain to the race and that had both participants and spectators battling the conditions.
"This is brutal," spectator Chris Hutchins said. "For the bike and the downhill, I wouldn't want to be out there today."
The race wasn't canceled, but the weather certainly impacted those participating. Some swimmers were pulled out of the water early because of lightning and that wasn't the only part of the race that was impacted.
"The rain makes it treacherous on the bike," spectator Alyson Llerandi said. "There's a terrible downhill and going down that hill on the best weather conditions is frightening, so when it's raining it's super dangerous."
"They have to be really careful because there's that big downhill going out of town," spectator Mary Norelli said. "It's just scary. And we'll make more trips back home to dry our clothing."
While the rain may have slowed some competitors down, it didn't stop them from moving forward.
"The weather in Lake Placid is part of this race," Llerandi said. "Anyone that signs up for it knows that there's this wild card that it could be like this. It was only five or six years ago when it rained the entire day."
In the end, the weather takes a back seat in a grueling race. Rain or shine these athletes will swim, bike, and run to the finish.
Sunday's Ironman featured athletes from 24 countries and 43 states. New York State had 774 athletes registered.