KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Residents can expect road closures, traffic delays and detours when Ironman Lake Tahoe comes to town next month.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, more than 2,500 athletes will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles throughout the North Shore/Truckee region as part of California’s first full-distance Ironman event since 2001.
Highway 28 westbound from Fox Street in Kings Beach to the Highway 267/28 intersection will be closed to traffic from about 7-9:30 a.m. as competitors begin the bike course.
Meanwhile, eastbound traffic will be rerouted to Highway 267 north. Drivers will then turn right on Speckled Street and right on Fox Street to return to Highway 28.
“Once all the athletes are out on the (bike) course, it’ll open up,” said David Reid, Ironman Lake Tahoe course director. “East, west traffic on 28 will pretty much flow as normal.”
Highway 89 northbound from Fairway Drive in Tahoe City to the intersection of Squaw Valley Road and Highway 89 will be closed from about 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the bike portion. To get to either Squaw or Truckee, drivers are advised to take Highway 267 north.
Highway 267 southbound from Northstar Drive to Commonwealth Drive in Kings Beach will be closed from about 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the bike portion. Drivers are advised to take Highway 89 south to access Kings Beach or Tahoe City.
Truckee’s downtown corridor from about Bridge Street to Spring Street will also be closed as part of the event’s celebrations.
Buses will run out of Squaw in the early morning to take athletes and spectators to Kings Beach in time for the 6:20 a.m. swim start, said Andy Chapman, director of marketing for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association.
Spectators can take buses back to view the other two legs of the race; Squaw is where the bike-run transition will occur and where competitors finish the race, with a midnight cutoff.
TART buses will run on race day at a modified level of service, Chapman said; details still are being developed.
As for parking, there will be restrictions on Fox Street in Kings Beach for the detour and in Tahoe City along the course route on race day, Reid said.
Additionally, the Coon Street beach parking lot in Kings Beach will be closed on race morning to allow for emergency vehicle stationing.
Other Kings Beach parking lot closures include the North Tahoe Event Center lot and the connecting larger lot from Sept. 20, through Sept. 22, and the smaller left-hand lot from Sept. 19 through Sept. 22, Reid said.
Parking will be provided at Kings Beach Elementary School at 8125 Steelhead Ave. Sept. 21-22 for a nominal fee.
While the event will cause traffic headaches, it’s estimated Ironman will draw 10,000 visitors — both athletes and their supporters — to the area, generating an estimated $10 million in revenue for the local economy.
“This is kind of like the Super Bowl of events for a community of this size,” Reid said.
To learn more about Ironman Lake Tahoe, visit www.ironman.com.