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Some Oldham Co. residents not happy with Ironman impact

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Donna Claggett Donna Claggett
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Bikers taking part in last year's Ironman. Bikers taking part in last year's Ironman.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Iron men and women from across the globe are headed to Louisville for the Ironman competition and some have already checked in for Sunday's race. The all day event will cover three counties as the super athletes swim, bike, and run their way to the finish. However, not everyone is thrilled about the 140 mile course.

For the participants, this is a race of lifetime. You train at least a year to accomplish something only a small percentage of people can do, but if you live on the race course especially in Oldham County some wish this event would take a different turn.

The determination and athleticism is takes to complete an Ironman is second to none.  

"Just the feeling when you cross the finish line is absolutely incredible," said Matthew Bach of New Jersey.  

Sunday's race brings in the elite like Bach and Kerry Huston from Texas.

"It's my first time here," said Huston.

It's not bad for Louisville's economy either. While athletes and spectators may be pumped up, others aren't as excited.

"We kind of wish they would find a different route," said Donna Claggett, Skylight Country Store owner.

The biggest portion of the race is the 112 mile bike, most of it happening in Oldham County. Claggett's store sits on U.S. Highway 42, the main stretch of the biking portion.

"The other people in the community are pretty much trapped and prisoners in their home," said Claggett.

Since 2007, Louisville has played host to the extreme competition.

"Sometimes we just go out of town," said Larry Hedges, an Oldham County resident.

Oldham County Police say they will be directing traffic, but between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Ironman participants are the priority.

"Some residents in Oldham County are pro Ironman, some are not, due to the traffic situations," said Officer Sarah King, a spokesperson for the Oldham County Police Department.

It's just not race day that has some locals upset.

"For two months prior to the race we deal with bikers going up and down the roads and they take up a whole lane," said Mike Wilson, another Oldham County resident.

"It would be one thing if they were courteous to the drivers and the people out here but they're not," said Claggett.

In 2012 police launched an investigation after tacks were tossed on a portion of the course.

"There were dozens and dozens of people with flats," said WAVE 3 News anchor John Boel, one of those who completed and captured last year's race.

Police say that something they won't tolerate as thousands prepare to cross the finish line.

"I respect those people for doing that, but it does impact everybody else's lives also," said Wilson.

If you see any suspicious activity near the course, you are asked to call police.

For more information on the Ironman race in Louisville, click here.

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