Motorists should prepare for temporary traffic delays this Sunday (July 19) because of the Ironman 70.3 Racine triathlon.

The event will bring more than 2,300 triathletes from around the world to compete in swimming, bicycling and running. Racine’s North Beach serves as the transition point among the activities.

The first wave of competitors starts a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Michigan at 7 a.m. Sunday. The swim course follows the North Beach lakeshore from north to south.

The bicycling leg of Ironman 70.3 Racine leaves North Beach and runs 56 miles through parts of Racine, Caledonia, Raymond, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant. Parts of North Main Street, 4 Mile Road, 4 1/2 Mile Road, 5 Mile Road, Highway V and Highway H will be affected in both directions from about 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Area police and sheriff’s deputies will be stationed at key intersections along the cycling route. Traffic will be allowed through intersections at officer discretion.

The triathlon’s running portion extends from North Beach, through the Racine Zoo and along the lakeshore to Shoop Park near the Wind Point Lighthouse. Parts of Michigan Boulevard, Lakecrest Avenue, North Main Street, 3 Mile Road and Lighthouse Drive will be affected in both directions until about 5 p.m.

Visit the Ironman 70.3 Racine website for course maps and the weekend activities schedule: http://ironmanracine.com

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