It was a beautiful day today for Traverse City to host its inaugural half Ironman triathlon. Over 2,500 athletes participated.
Athletes began their race with a 1.2 swim in West Grand Traverse Bay from the sand volleyball courts, past the Open Space Park and ending at Clinch Park Beach.
Volunteers helped the athletes disrobe before heading through the Clinch Park tunnel to the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market to pick up their bike.
Then they’re off for a picturesque 56 mile loop out to Empire and returning to downtown TC.
Law enforcement doing a great job making sure we’re all safe.
After the bike ride, the athletes finish with a 13.1 run around downtown Traverse City. I didn’t stick around to see this part of the race so I took a photo of the finish line on Front Street.
Aside from some traffic issues at the end of the race, Traverse City’s first Ironman was a success. Race organizers were very impressed with the course, volunteers and the town itself. They said they are definitely coming back.
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