Countdown to Global Sporting Event - IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin
How will the Event affect you?
Dublin City Council and IRONMAN are pleased to announce that the IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon is coming to Dublin on Sunday 9th August 2015.
In just three weeks, over 2,500 athletes will be tackling the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin. The event incorporates a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride and then a 13.1 mile half-marathon all as one race. The swim takes place in Scotsman’s Bay (Dún Laoghaire), before athletes mount their bikes to travel through Dublin and west of the city, to return to Phoenix Park for the run and finish.
The event has a truly international flavour with 1,500 Irish athletes and 1,000 international athletes from 40 countries travelling to Dublin to compete. Over 50% of these athletes will be completing their first IRONMAN event.
In order to host an event of this scale, there will be road closures in place along the bike course as it travels from Dún Laoghaire, north along Dublin Bay and turning onto the North Quays as it heads through Phoenix Park for a circuit west of the city via Dunboyne, Kilcock, Maynooth and Strawberry Beds, and back into the Phoenix Park. We want to ensure that residents and businesses have the relevant information to plan their day in advance and minimize any impact the road closures may have. For full details on proposed road closures click on http://bit.ly/TempRestrictions
Although road closures will be in force it is important to note that access to all hospitals will be facilitated in the event of an emergency. Residents living in areas impacted by the road closures who depend on home care services should notify their service provider that access may be restricted.
The 1.2 mile swim will take place at 6.50am in Scotsman’s Bay in Dún Laoghaire. Athletes will be in the area on Saturday for racking and bag drop, plus early on Sunday morning to prepare for the event. There will be local road closures in place from 5am until approx 10am.
The bike course travels north skirting Dublin Bay from Dún Laoghaire to the East Link Bridge via Strand Road, using the North Quays to travel west through the city. This will mean that there is no vehicle access crossing the Liffey from 7am to 10.15am - access will be via the M50 only.
The third and final element of the race, will see the competitors complete a three lap, 13.1 mile run on Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park.
The first professional athletes should cross the finish line at approximately 10.45am with the remaining competitors finishing right up to the official 8.5 hour cut off at 4.30pm. (Please note that there will be no car parking available in Phoenix Park for spectators).
Organisers are encouraging as many local residents as possible to come and cheer the athletes along on this iconic course.
For more detailed information on road closures affecting local areas on the bike and run course including maps and timings, please click on http://bit.ly/IRONMANRoute