OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Triathletes will hit the waves and roadways of North County Saturday as the Accenture Ironman 70.3 California gets underway.
The first event, a 1.2-mile swim at Oceanside Harbor, will be followed by a 56-mile bike ride through Camp Pendleton and San Clemente State Park, and a 13.1-mile run in Oceanside. Proceeds will benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
"We're joining with Accenture and Ironman in paying tribute to injured troops for their service to our country," CAF Executive Director Virginia Tinley said. "At CAF, we provide athletic opportunities to physically challenged people and, in doing so, seek to educate and inspire the larger community."
Around 100 competitors who each raised at least $2,000 were named Team Operation Rebound, in honor of a program that provides equipment, training and sports clinics for physically challenged military members and first responders.
A few area roads will be closed this morning and the race is expected to cause traffic delays and congestion west of Coast Highway, according to city officials.
South Harbor Drive will be closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.; as will Pacific Street between Breakwater Way and Harbor Drive North from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Pacific Street from Pier View Way to Seagaze Drive from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Pacific Street from Wisconsin to Eaton streets from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; The Strand North from Breakwater Way to the Oceanside Pier between 7 a.m. and 4p.m.; The Strand South between the pier and Wisconsin Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and Mission Avenue from Meyers to Pacific streets from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking will not be allowed from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Pacific Street from Breakwater Way and Harbor Drive North, between Wisconsin and Eaton streets and from Pierview Way to Seagaze Drive.