Ironman Racine Competition Means Road Closures On Sunday

Check out these maps and times to keep on top of where the road closures will be in your area.

If you are traveling on the major roads in Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant, Racine and Wind Point on Sunday, you would be smart to consult these maps before heading out.

The Ironman Racine triathlon will be held Sunday and 2,220 participants are expected to swim, run and bike their hearts out. This means local residents will have to cope with road closures as the race takes place and area law enforcement agencies are asking for residents to plan ahead if they expect to get where they need to go.

“It’s going to be a nightmare as far as traffic flow goes in these communities,” said Sgt. Robert Kittel, of the Caledonia Police Department. “And we’ll need residents to be patient.”

Kari Dawson, the volunteer director for the Ironman Racine competition and sports director for Real Racine, said the event would be an inconvenience because of the road closures.

The sold out event includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike course, and a 13.1-mile run.

The swim starts at 7 a.m., but the bicycle portion of the race would be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the run would follow the bicycle race and last until about 4 p.m. Most of the bicycle course is in Caledonia, but some of the race will be in Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant and Racine. The run starts at North Beach and goes towards Wind Point Lighthouse, which requires runners to go out and back twice along Michigan Avenue, Main Street to 3 Mile Road and back.

Click here for the swim map, the bicycle map and the run map.

Traffic will be affected and the entire road will be closed on Main Street at Three Mile Road going northeast from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Avoid that intersection of North Main and Three Mile Road if you don’t want to drive yourself nuts,” Dawson said.

Kittel suggested that people that live along the route should plan accordingly, familiarize yourself with the maps and leave their homes early if they need to be somewhere.

Alternate routes include:

  • Highway 32
  • Three Mile Road
  • North Green Bay Road

Dawson said this is the third year for the Ironman competition, which had previously been called the Spirit of Racine. They are anticipating hot temperatures.

“But we’re used to it and we are ready to go,” Dawson said.

Spectators should know that the athletes aren’t allowed to accept anything from any non-sanctioned aid stations, per the race regulations.

“But come out and cheer for them, make some noise,” she said. “The racers love it when the homeowners come out of their homes to support them.”

If you live along the race route, feel free to contribute your observations to our Twitter Feed by sending them to @caledoniapatch. We’ll also be updating our feed frequently throughout the race. You can also upload your photos to our race day story. Check back on Saturday for the URL.

Heather Asiyanbi July 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Let me guess - if Racine were to host the Olympics, you'd cry about that, too? I mean, honestly. @Hoffa - thank you!
Michelle M. Funkenbusch July 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM
There is no economic study that I am aware of on the impact of Ironman on Racine; however, it was a a sold out race and likely will be for years to come. About 50% of Ironmen do pre-race road trips to the event site to try out the course months before the race... so don't think it is just one visit that is factored into the economy. The Visitor's Bureau should plan post Ironman Lake Michigan fishing tours, etc. etc. for the families to do while on vacation, encouraging the athletes to stay as long as possible. The average Ironman makes over $160,000.00 and is the kind of tourist you want to have in town. Here is a study that shows the ecomonic impact on Lake Placid... which was over $6 million. http://www.roostadk.com/files/2005EconomicImpactofIronman.pdf
Jake July 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I used to live in Northbrook Illinois. I paid huge property taxes for things I never used. Now I pay much less tax for a better way of life. If taking a little detour keeps my taxes lower, so what!
crowny2 July 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
You did vote for it when you voted for your representative in the city. You do not vote on every single issue individually. This is a democratic republic. You vote for individuals that you feel will vote, on average, how you want them to vote. Don't like that they did this, vote them out.
Bob July 22, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I am a competitor and have participated the past three years in this Ironman. Possibly I can give you the economic impact. First, the average triathlete comes from a home with an income average of $164k. Next, the typical stay is 1.2 days and .8 hotel nights per participant. This means every forth participant stays over two days. The average participant brings .6 additional people or more than every other has at least one more person that they bring with them. There are about $50 per person per day food costs, $56 per person lodging per night, local shopping(my wife made me go to the local Kohls and Dicks and a local garden store to shop - I spent $95 bucks at those three places). We bought has from the local gas station and the list goes on. I'm typical as a triathlete as I run a Chicago tri club and we survey our members to get these general numbers. On top of all of this is the fee that world tri (Ironman) pays to the city for its use. I don't know the number but it would be interesting to find out. The comment that this only helps the big guy is incorrect. Every restaurant and hotel in the city was packed for two days. You could see the athletes everywhere. Every waitress, policeman, etc saw the benefits. Last, not the crabby patties in this forum, but the people of Racine are really great. They sit out and enjoy the race as a world class event that it is. The people on the run are compassionate with water and cheers. Keep it up Racine people.


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