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UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: Highway V going northbound from Spring Street has been opened up.

Nearly 3,000 athletes from 46 states and 13 countries are competing in the Ironman 70.3 Racine triathlon on Sunday.

Starting at 7 a.m., these athletes took a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Michigan, followed by a 56-mile bicycle ride through the county and a 13.1-mile ride along the lakeshore. North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., is the transition point between events and the finish line site.

Everyone is invited to cheer on the athletes all along the course. Be aware of temporary road closures and lane restrictions during the day. Click HERE for the bike course and HERE for the running course. Follow the athletes online at

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