Ironman Raleigh

Last updated May 17, 2017 - 1:34 pm
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Athletes will begin their day with a 1.2-mile swim in Jordan Lake in Chatham County. The 56-mile bike course will take athletes through rural Chatham and Wake counties before entering Downtown Raleigh to transition to the run. The two-loop, 13.1-mile run course winds through Downtown, around the Capital Building, out Hillsborough Street, and through NC State University before heading down Fayetteville Street for an amazing finish in City Plaza. (Cite: IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh website.)

IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh Details:

  • Economic development. The 2015 event generated $1.9 million in direct visitor spending and 3,400 total hotel room nights;
  • Association - The IRONMAN brand is one of the most highly-regarded and highly-respected brands in the sports event industry. We always like to associate our City and our destination with first-class brand partners, and IRONMAN certainly qualifies;
  • Branding - The World Triathlon Corp. stages IRONMAN events in cities throughout the U.S. and throughout the world. All of their races are marketed to all of their participants. As a result, Raleigh receives world-wide exposure to IRONMAN athletes in all corners of the U.S. and the globe;
  • Reputation: The 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh was voted by IRONMAN athletes as the number one-ranked 70.3 event in the world. That includes 80 different 70.3 events worldwide; and,
  • The 2017 event will be the fifth annual IRONMAN event in Raleigh. We are under contract for at least one more year – 2018.

While the City of Raleigh is providing some information below, please visit the IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh website for comprehensive information.

Maps:

Ironman running route map

IRONMAN Swim Route - will affect Jordan Lake area
IRONMAN Bike Route - will affect Southern Wake County roads and Lake Wheeler Road coming into Raleigh
IRONMAN Run Route - will affect downtown Raleigh streets
RPD Barricade Map - shows downtown closures

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GoRaleigh Buses will be impacted on Sunday June 4. Check our Transit Announcements for detours.

Road Closures:

Section 1 - The following roads will be closed from 12:01am on 6-3-17 until 11:59pm on 6-4-17 to facilitate event setup and breakdown:

  • Fayetteville Street from Lenoir Street to Davie Street

Section 2 - The following roads will be closed from 9:45am until 10:45am on 6-3-17 to facilitate the Kid’s Fun Run:

  • Fayetteville St. between Morgan Street and Davie Street
  • Davie Street between Salisbury Street and Wilmington Street
  • Martin Street between Salisbury Street and Wilmington Street
  • Hargett Street between Salisbury Street and Wilmington Street

Section 3 – The following roads will be closed from 4:00am until 5:00pm on 6-4-17 to facilitate the transition location:

  • Lenoir Street between Wilmington Street and Blount Street

Section 4 – The following roads will be closed from 8:00am until 5:00pm on 6-4-17 to facilitate aid stations along course:

  • Hillsborough Street between Dawson Street and Harrington Street
  • Hillsborough Street between Forest Road and Woodburn Road
  • Hillsborough Street between Bagwell Avenue and Dixie Trail
  • Davie Street between Fayetteville Street and Wilmington Street

Section 5 - The biking route will be closed from 8:30am until 3:00pm. (see map above)

Section 6 - The running roads will be closed from 8:30am until 5:00pm. (see map above)

NOTE: All cross streets one block in each direction will be detoured along the routes.

Turn-by-Turns:

Biking Route

The following roads will be closed from 8:30am until 3:00pm on 6-4-17 to facilitate the biking portion of the event:

  • Enter City Limits at Lake Wheeler Road and Tryon Road
  • Continue north on Lake Wheeler Road (west lane of Lake Wheeler between I-40 and Centennial Pkwy will remain open)
  • Left onto S. Saunders St.
  • Right onto W. South St.
  • Left onto Wilmington St.
  • Enter into transition lot on Wilmington St. between Lenoir St. and Cabarrus St. to finish

Running Route
The following roads will be closed from 8:30am until 5:00pm on 6-4-16 to facilitate the running portion of the event:

  • Start at the transition lot on Wilmington St. between Lenoir St. and Cabarrus St.
  • Left onto S. Wilmington St. (Wilmington east lane will remain open)
  • Left onto E. Edenton St. (Edenton north lane will remain open)
  • Left onto S. Salisbury St. (Salisbury west lane will remain open until Hillsborough)
  • Right onto Hillsborough St. (Hillsborough north lane will remain open until McDowell)
  • Turn around on Hillsborough St. at Gorman St.
  • Continue east along Hillsborough St.
  • Right onto S. Salisbury St.
  • Left onto W. Morgan St. (traffic may turn from Morgan right onto Salisbury southbound)
  • Right onto Fayetteville St.
  • Left onto Davie St.
  • Left onto S. Wilmington St.
  • Repeat the same loop to Gorman St. and back to Fayetteville and Davie St.
  • Continue south on Fayetteville St. past Davie St.
  • Finish at City Plaza

Parking Encumbrances:

The City hereby permits the encumbrance of parking as indicated below.

The following streets will be posted “NO PARKING” during the designated times:

  • Fayetteville Street between Lenoir Street and Davie Street from 12:01am on 6-3-17 until 11:59pm on 6-4-17
  • Fayetteville Street between Davie Street and Morgan Street from 9:30am until 11:00am
  • The entire biking route and the entire running route will be posted “No Parking” from 5:00am until 5:00pm as well as any cross streets within the downtown and southwest vicinity
  • Davie Street between Salisbury Street and Wilmington Street
  • Martin Street between Salisbury Street and Wilmington Street
  • Hargett Street between Salisbury Street and Wilmington Street

Ironman Foundation:

Ironman finish line

Since the inception of IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh, the IRONMAN Foundation has provided over $60,000 in grant funding back to deserving organizations that serve the Raleigh region.

Contact Information:

City of Raleigh Special Events Office:
website / email / 919-996-2200

IRONMAN Raleigh:
website / email

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