2015 Ironman to close many area roadways

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 2015 Ironman competition returns to Louisville this weekend, bringing more than 3,200 registered participants and hundreds of spectators.

To accommodate the race route, street closures will be in effect. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution and patience Sunday as competitors take over many heavily traveled roadways. Plan extra time if you need to travel through any of the cycling or running routes and be ready for alternate routes as some roads will be closed for periods of time.

After completing a 2.4 mile swim, athletes will start the 112 mile cycling portion of the triathlon downtown on River Road headed east, picking up U.S.42 into Oldham County utilizing Hwy 1694, Hwy 393 and Hwy 146 before returning to U.S. 42 to Henry County. Then they're head back to downtown.

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Traffic will also be affected in a major way as athletes take to the running course, using Third and Fourth Streets from downtown south to the Iroquois Park area and back to finish at Fourth Street Live!

Professional athletes are expected to complete the race starting around 3 p.m. The bike course will close at 6:20 p.m. The running course will remain open until midnight, 17 hours after the start of the swim course.

For a complete list of street closures and route information, click here.

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