More than 300 athletes from all over the Northwest and Canada are expected to compete Sept. 6 in the 15th annual Aluminum Man Triathlon in The Dalles.
The TRI NorthWest ranked event, which begins and ends at the Riverfront Park, will feature competitions on two courses: the Olympic course (1-kilometer swim, 50km bike ride and 10km run) and the Sprint course (.5km swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run).
Starting times are approximately 9 a.m. for Olympic course competitors and 9:25 for Sprint course participants.
On Sept. 6, between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., motorists are asked to be aware of runners leaving and entering Riverfront Park. Their presence will add congestion on the Interstate 84 overpass.
The Dalles police and volunteers will be directing traffic at some points along the course.
"We want to warn drivers, pedestrians and other outdoor enthusiasts to be watchful of all the extra traffic (on Sept. 6)," said Karl Cozad, director of the Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation District.
"There are going to be a lot of participants, and volunteers helping direct traffic. We want to make it a fun event, but most importantly, a safe event for all involved," Cozad added.