Visitors bureau: Ironman to generate millions in revenue for Onondaga County

— The Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, scheduled for June 24, has more than 1,300 athletes from more than 33 states and 16 countries registered to participate, the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau announced last week. The SCVB estimates the triathlon will generate $2.3 million in travel spending for Onondaga County.

The triathlon will start at Jamesville Beach Park with a 1.2-mile swim in the Jamesville Reservoir, followed by a 56-mile bike course leading athletes out of the park and along the surrounding rolling countryside, riding through parts of Onondaga, Cortland and Madison counties. The athletes will then begin the last leg of the triathlon, running 13.1 miles and crossing the finish line at Jamesville Beach.

“We are very excited to be back for our third year at Jamesville,” said race director Ken Hammond. “Athletes from across America and the world will be impressed by the location of this event. We are also excited about hosting the event in June instead of September as we did the past two years.”

Ironman 70.3 Syracuse organizers want to ensure the local community is aware of road closures happening during the event on Sunday, June 24.

Athletes will be traveling both directions on Apulia Road from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. An officer will be present to direct vehicles, as Apulia Road will be closed at this time allowing only residents of Apulia Road access. On Apulia Road between South Street and the Park, the road will be open to local traffic only, through traffic will be detoured onto Coye Road.

Residents that live between Westshore Manor and Palladino Road may access their home from Jamesville. On Apulia Road northbound between Route 20 and the park, the road will be open to local traffic only, through traffic will be detoured onto Bush Road, then Route 91 north.

For maps of the course, visit IronmanSyracuse.com.

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