Motorists in Henderson should be wary of bicyclists and runners competing in the grueling Ironman 70.3 Silverman triathlon race on Sunday morning.
Fifteen streets and roads will be closed or have lanes blocked and several others will be filled with competitors at various times from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The race combines a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bicycle ride and a 13.1-mile run at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and on Henderson streets with a finish line at the Henderson Pavilion at Green Valley and Paseo Verde parkways.
Online registration has closed, but organizers say there might be some slots available on a first come, first served basis for walk-ins, with registration costing $285.
The bicycle course has an elevation gain of 4,272 feet over its 56 miles while the running course climbs 551 feet over its 13.1 miles.
Hundreds of racers, friends and families of participants are expected to be scattered along the route, which includes an out-and-back journey on Lake Mead’s Northshore Road and Lakeshore Drive and a series of looped courses in the vicinity of the Henderson Pavilion, Paseo Verde Park and Discovery Park.
The only portion of the race that won’t impede traffic is the very beginning, since racers will be in the lake. Organizers say the north gate entrance off Lake Mead Parkway and the entrance and exit of Lake Las Vegas should be heavily impacted with bicyclists. Boaters have been encouraged to launch at Hemenway Harbor to avoid race traffic.
Contact Richard N. Velotta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-477-3893. Find him on Twitter: @RickVelotta
LIST OF ROAD CLOSURES/LANE BLOCKAGES:
CLOSED 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
-Palomino Village Drive
HIGHWAYS WITH HEAVY BICYCLE TRAFFIC, 6 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
-Northbound Lakeshore Drive
-Eastbound and westbound Northshore Road
-Westbound Lake Mead Parkway
STREETS WITH LANE CLOSURES FOR BIKERS, 6 A.M. to 3 P.M.
-Northbound and southbound Lake Mead Parkway, Lake Las Vegas Boulevard to Warm Springs Road
-Westbound Warm Spring Road, Lake Mead Parkway to Warm Springs Road-Gibson Road
-Northbound and southbound Boulder Highway, Lake Mead Parkway to Warm Springs Road
STREETS WITH LANE CLOSURES FOR BIKERS, 8 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
-Northbound Eastgate Road, Commercial Road to Warm Springs Road
-Northbound Commercial Road, Commercial to Warm Springs Road
-Northbound Gibson Road, Auto Show Road to Warm Springs Road
-Southbound left lane of Gibson Road, Warm Springs Road to Horizon Ridge Parkway
-Westbound Paseo Verde Parkway, Arroyo Grande Boulevard to Desert Shadow Lane
STREETS WITH LANE CLOSURES FOR BIKERS, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
-Southbound Murmuring Sands left turn lane, Valle Verde Drive to Desert Shadow Lane
-Southbound Palomino Village Drive to Desert Shadow Lane
-Southbound turn lane to Henderson Multigenerational Center parking lot
STREETS WITH LANE CLOSURES FOR RUNNERS, 8 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
-Northbound and southbound Cielo Abierto, Horizon Ridge Parkway to Paseo Verde Parkway
STREETS WITH LANE CLOSURES FOR RUNNERS, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
-Eastbound Paseo Verde Parkway, Desert Shadow Trail West to Desert Shadow Trail East
-Northbound Green Valley Parkway left lane, Paseo Verde Parkway to Horizon Ridge Parkway
-West entrance to High Mesa Drive
-Westbound Horizon Ridge Parkway left lane and turn lane, High Mesa Drive to Green Valley Parkway
-Library Road, Green Valley Parkway to Paseo Verde Drive