Ironman 70.3 Virginia kicks off in Colonial Williamsburg

CROAKER, VIRGINIA – MAY 03: Members of the NYPD Triathlon Team, New York City Police officer Rob Pollastro (R), NYPD officer Tim Stamm (L) and Nicole Sweeney (C) pose next to nearly 20-feet-high U.S. Presidential bust statues prior to IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia on May 3, 2019 in Croaker, Virginia. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia triathlon makes its debut in nearby historic Williamsburg, not far from where these 43 remnants of bankrupted Presidents Park are privately stored. The NYPD Triathlon Team will be competing in the event and is compromised of active and retired NYPD members who race across the nation in triathlons. According to their website, their mission is to provide financial support to families of first responders living where they race, aiming to assist those affected by the loss, injury, or illness. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Ironman 70.3 Virginia began in Williamsburg early Sunday morning, with triathletes competing for 30 qualifying slots to the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

The race began at 6:50 a.m. at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP) with a 1.2-mile swim in the Chickahominy River. Following the swim, participants will take on a 56-mile bike course stretching across James City and Charles City counties.

The race ends with a 13.1-mile run course on the Virginia Capital Trail, taking participants back to the CRP where they began.

James City County said in a statement that the race may cause road delays on Route 5 near the CRP, and said the park will be closed Sunday to local anglers, boaters and those seeking water recreation. The closure includes the fishing pier, boat ramp and paddlecraft rentals.

The James City County Police Department will be directing traffic in front of the CRP. Richmond Road from New Kent line to Forge Road will be down to one lane, and Cranston Mill Pond Road and Jolly Pond Road will be closed to through traffic. Brick Bat Road will only be accessible from the Centerville side for vehicular traffic.

The race is expected to draw approximately 2,000 participants and 3,000 spectators.

To learn more about the race, visit the Ironman website here.

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