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Ironman race closes roads in downtown Raleigh Sunday

Posted June 4
Updated June 5

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— More than 2,200 athletes began swimming, biking and running through parts of Chatham and Wake counties Sunday morning when the Ironman race returned to the Oak City.

Participants begin the intense race with a 1.2-mile swim at Jordan Lake then embark on a 56-mile bike course that will bring them through Chatham County and eventually to downtown Raleigh.

After arriving in downtown, participants start a 13.1-mile half-marathon on a double-loop course that begins on Hillsborough Street toward North Carolina State University and eventually ends at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street.

Many roads in the downtown area will be closed until the race ends at 5 p.m.

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  • Charles Edwards Jun 5, 2016
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    I'd like to see a financial analysis done on the supposed financial gain to Raleigh vs the loss of attendance and offerings to Raleigh churches. So 2,200 runner were here. How many churchgoers did not attend church today because of the crazy traffic patterns. There was absolutely NO WAY our congregation could easily attend church. Raleigh PD had us parking 4 blocks away. Really? Really! One day someone is going to get fed up with the City Council allowing such shenanigans and file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all the downtown churches. Enough is enough!