2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta September 24th

Staff Report From Augusta CEO

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The 9th annual IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017 beginning at 7:30 a.m. This year's event is once again the largest 70.3 in North America with 3,600+ athletes attending.

The triathlon includes a 1.2-mile swim in the Savannah River, continues with a 56-mile bike ride through Aiken County, South Carolina and finishes with a 13.1 (half marathon) run through Downtown Augusta.  The ASC estimates this sold out event will bring in an estimated $4.7 million in economic impact.

Along with IRONMAN 70.3 is the IRONKIDS Augusta Fun Run which will take place the Saturday before the triathlon, September 23rd. Volunteer opportunities will be available mid-week prior to the race all the way to Monday post-race, all available volunteer needs can be viewed here.

In an effort to enhance the well-being of those residing in the communities where IRONMAN events are held, the IRONMAN Foundation provides an opportunity for IRONMAN Athletes to showcase charitable support to a variety of local nonprofit organizations that recognize citizens in need and provide support to the local community.  The IRONMAN Foundation is thrilled to support deserving organizations within the Augusta region, and will be awarding $20,000 in grant funding this year to nonprofits with a volunteerism component.

Traffic conditions will be impacted on area roads on Sunday, September 24, 2017 beginning at 4 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. The 70.3 mile triathlon will being at 7:30 a.m. with the swimming event from the Augusta Riverwalk Marina to The Boathouse Community Center on Riverfront Drive. From there, athletes will transition to the cycling leg. The leg will wind through Aiken County, passing through Jackson and New Ellenton on the route. The cyclists will return to The Boathouse to begin the run section of the race.

Safety long the route is critical for both the athletes and residents. There will be dozens of security vehicles including local law enforcement and city vehicles assisting with road closures and safety. Please be aware of these officers, along with uniformed volunteer road marshals, who will be monitoring entrances and exits to homes and businesses. If travels catch you in the midst of the competition, please remain where you are, enjoy the race and proceed safely when you can. Please be mindful of the 3,600+ athletes coming your way.

Bike Course:
The first group of cyclists will take the route at approximately 8:00 am. Organizers anticipate all roads to be clear by 3:00 pm. The cyclists will start on Riverfront Dr. They will turn onto East Boundary then turn again on Sand Bar Ferry to begin the trek to Aiken County. Roads along the cycling route will be open to traffic. Major intersections will be monitored by law enforcement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department, and New Ellenton Police Department. Side streets will be monitored by volunteer course marshals from Fort Gordon.

Run Course:
Race organizers expect the leaders to begin the run at approximately 10:00 am. According to the race cut-off time, runners must be off the course by 6:00 pm. On Greene and Reynolds Streets, one lane of traffic along the route will be designated for the race, with cones marking the circuit. Broad Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 13th Street to East Boundary. Motorists are encouraged to park on streets not affected by the race course.
Other Closures:

The westbound lane of Broad Street between 8th and 9th Streets will close Friday evening, September

22 and remain closed until approximately 6:00 pm Sunday, September 24.

Gordon Highway ramps will be closed at Broad St. and Bay St. from 4:00 am to 6:00 pm on September 24.

The 5th Street Bridge will be closed from 6:00 am to 10:00 am on September 24.

No Parking Areas:

The following areas will be designated no parking areas from 4:00 am until 6:00 pm September 24:

Broad Street from East Boundary to 13th Street, including center parking bays.

Reynolds Street from East Boundary to Bay Street.

8th Street from Reynolds Street to Broad Street.