###Media Contacts: Danica Bryant Kaltaler, communications manager Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau (315) 470-1903 | DKaltaler@VisitSyracuse.org Ken Hammond, race director Ironman 70.3 Syracuse (315) 558-3727 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Triathlon draws athletes from around the world, generates millions in travel spending Syracuse, N.Y. - The Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) is thrilled to announce that as of today, the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, scheduled to take place on June 24, 2012, has over 1,300 athletes registered to participate. At this point, the athletes represent over 33 states and 16 countries. The SCVB estimates the Ironman 70.3 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, 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." "Booking and continuing to host the Ironman 70.3 triathlon remains a huge accomplishment for the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau and a true testament to the abilities of teamwork and the attributes of Syracuse as a sporting destination," said SCVB President David Holder. "Many local organizations have united to ensure the success of the triathlon including Onondaga County Parks, various law enforcement agencies, Departments of Transportation and more." 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. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. 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. Please visit http://ironmansyracuse.com/ for maps of the course. For media-related inquiries, contact communications manager Danica Bryant Kaltaler at (315) 470-1903.