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Ironman Augusta race to cause road closures Sunday

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Intermedix IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta will cause some road closures Sunday.

Organizers of the triathlon say traffic will be impacted between 4 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 70.3-mile race will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 1.2-mile swim from the Augusta Riverwalk Marina to The Boathouse Community Center on Riverfront Drive. From there, the athletes will transition to the 56-mile cycling leg that goes into South Carolina.

The cycling leg will wind through Aiken county, passing through Jackson and New Ellenton on the route. The cyclists will return to The Boathouse to begin the 13.1-mile running leg of the race.

Organizers say there will be dozens of security vehicles, including local law enforcement and city vehicles, helping with road closures and safety. They are asking drivers to watch out for these officers and uniformed volunteer road marshals.

Here are some details about traffic and the race. For specific street closures and times, visit the Augusta Sports Council website.

Bike Course

The first group of cyclists will take the route at approximately 8 a.m. Organizers anticipate roads to be clear by 3 p.m.

The cyclists will start on Riverfront Drive. They will turn onto East Boundary, then turn again on Sand Bar Ferry to begin the trek to Aiken County.

Roads along the cycling route will be open to traffic. Major intersections will be monitored by law enforcement from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Jackson Police Department, and New Ellenton Police Department.

Side streets will be monitored by volunteer course marshals from Fort Gordon.

Run Course

Race organizers expect the leaders to begin the run at approximately 10 a.m. According to the race cut-off time, runners must be off the course by 6 p.m..

On Greene and Reynolds streets, one lane of traffic along the route will be designated for the race, with cones marking the circuit. Broad Street will closed to vehicle traffic from 13th Street to East Boundary.

Motorists are encouraged to park on side streets.

Other Closures

The westbound lane of Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets will close at 11 p.m. Thursday and remain closed until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gordon Highway ramps will be closed at Broad Street and Bay Street from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Fifth Street bridge will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

NO PARKING Areas

The following areas will be designated no parking areas from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday:

  • Broad Street from East Boundary to 13th Street, including center parking bays.
  • Reynolds Street from East Boundary to Bay Street.
  • Eighth Street from Reynolds Street to Broad Street.
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