Ironman Triathlon returning to Louisville - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ironman Triathlon returning to Louisville

More than 2300 athletes will converge on Louisville for this Sunday's Ironman Triathlon.

This is the second year in a row the event has come to Louisville.  Athletes between the ages of 18 and 75 years old will take part in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and a 26.2-mile run.

The race also has a 17-hour cutoff time.

Officials with Ironman say they couldn't see a reason not to return to Louisville.  Jessica Weidensall tells Fox 41 News, "Louisville is an incredibly sports minded city -- we have a lot of enthusiastic people, very very supportive in Louisville.  So Louisville is a great venue for those reasons, additionally it's a beautiful course, it's a challenging course, it's just a great place to be."

The top male finisher last year finished the race in just over eight and a half hours.  The top female finished in just over nine hours.

The Ironman is on the same day as the U of L-UK game.  Some roads will be closed.

Metro Police will outline how to navigate around the closures Wednesday afternoon.

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