USA Triathlon National Championships return Aug. 17-19

This summer Run Vermont will once again host the USA Triathlon National Championships from Aug. 17-19. USA Triathlon is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of triathlon and the National Championships is the most important competition on its annual calendar.
Local traffic affected in Shelburne
Just as last year, a major portion of the event’s bike course will take place on I-189 eastbound, Dorset Street, Dorset Street Extension, Swift Street, and Spear Street. There will be road closures affecting these areas on Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 8 am and ending at approximately 11:30 am. Specific closure schedules will be available at www.runvermont.org/usat.
Modifications have been made to the event schedule to help spread out the athletes in hopes of facilitating vehicles crossing the course at intersections. Peak bike traffic will occur on Spear, Irish Hill, and Dorset Streets from approximately 9:15-10:45 am. Anyone wishing to travel in this corridor should expect delays in reaching a desired destination during this time. If you live within the affected neighborhoods and need to travel to destinations outside this loop, please plan accordingly. To avoid any delays, consider departing the area before 8 am and returning after 11:45 am. All bikers must be off the course by 11:45 am so the Spear/Swift/Irish Hill/Dorset loop will be returning to normal traffic patterns by that time. Another modification from last year’s event is that the shorter race that was run on Saturday afternoon on this same course has been moved to Sunday and will not travel through South Burlington at any time.
For those with questions or concerns about the specific impacts of this event, please contact Peter Delaney, or any member of the Run Vermont staff, at (802) 863-8412 or info@runvermont.org. Run Vermont is committed to making this event a success for all involved, and that certainly includes the local community.
And don’t forget, just like the marathon; feel free to register to compete. Peoples United Bank has worked closely with USA Triathlon to provide 100 spots dedicated to Vermont residents in the sprint competition, with proceeds going to Vermont Special Olympics. If competing isn’t your cup of tea, consider volunteering. Competition and volunteer registration is available at www.runvermont.org/usat.

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