The race includes a full marath0n, an endurance bike ride, as well as a 2.4 mile swim.
Donavan came from nearly fifteen minutes behind to capture the top women’s spot.
In a statement released by Ironman Lake Placid, Donavan said she’s “excited that my first win is on what I consider to be my home course.” Donavan is a 36-year-old mother of three kids who was competing in her third triathlon.
The top spot in the men’s Lake Placid ironman went to Andy Potts from Coloradio Springs, Colorado. Potts set a new record for finishing the swimming portion of the grueling race.
The Lake Placid Ironman is the oldest ironman competition in the continental U.S.
Also on Sunday, race organizers announced that they have signed a new contract with Lake Placid officials to continue the race for the next five years.