Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Augusta set for this weekend with new bike course
The annual Ironman 70.3 Augusta is scheduled for this weekend, and organizers have made some changes to this year’s course as it no longer goes through Aiken County.
The triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with the nearly 4,000 participants starting the course with a 1.2-mile swim from Augusta Riverwalk Marina to The Boathouse Community Center on Riverfront Drive.
From there, athletes will transition to the 56-mile cycling leg that will wind through south Georgia.
The biking course of the triathlon used to enter into Aiken County, but the course was changed this year, according to a release.
The new 2018 bike course will offer cyclists “rolling hills and some technical turns” and athletes can expect to be tested a few times on the course with some slow inclines and fast downhill descents, the release states.
The cyclists will end by returning to the transition area at The Boathouse to begin the 13.1-mile running leg of the race through downtown Augusta.
The race will have an impact on traffic on area roads from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, the release states.
On Greene and Reynolds streets in downtown Augusta, one lane of traffic along the route will be designated for the race, with cones marking the circuit, and Broad Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 13th Street to East Boundary, according to the release. Motorists are encouraged to park on streets not affected by the race course.
Safety along the route is critical for both the athletes and residents, organizers said.
There will be dozens of security vehicles, including local law enforcement and city vehicles, assisting with road closures and safety.
Residents should be aware of these officers, along with uniformed volunteer road marshals, who will be monitoring entrances and exits to homes and businesses.
If someone gets caught in the midst of the competitions, organizers ask they please remain where they are, enjoy the race and proceed safely when possible.