Organizers have been trying to bring the TriRock Triathlon to Annapolis for some time and a few months ago, it looked like it was not going to happen. Local communities voiced concern about road closures, local businesses were concerned, the fire and police departments had their concerns as well. And to boot, it was to occur in both Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.
But it seems that all concerns have been alleviated and permits have been issued. The City just issued the following press release:
Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces that the City and Anne Arundel County have approved permit requests to hold a triathlon event on Saturday, May 14. The inaugural TriRock Annapolis Sprint Triathlon will require extensive street closures and parking restrictions that morning from the Historic District through West Annapolis.
Road closures will begin at 6 a.m., and the start time is set for 7 a.m. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis after the last participants pass and course materials have been removed. All streets except for the foot of Prince George Street are expected to be reopened by 10 a.m.
Organizers expect the event to attract about 1,500 to 1,800 participants and perhaps 2,000 spectators. The breakdown of portable facilities will be completed by around 5 p.m.
The event will commence with a 500-meter swim in the Annapolis Harbor, followed by a 12.4-mile bike ride that will proceed through the Historic District along King George Street before looping twice around a section of Route 450 that extends across the Severn River into Anne Arundel County. The bike ride will end at the foot of City Dock, where the last leg of the triathlon, a 5K run, will begin. Runners will travel along Main Street, Bladen Street and Rowe Boulevard on the way to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium before turning back and finishing at City Dock.
Course monitors or police officers will be stationed at intersections and turns throughout the route. Cones and barricades will be used at intersections and as otherwise necessary.
Event organizers will use mail, e-mail and personal outreach methods to notify resident and community organizations, business groups and churches about the event. Detailed road-closure brochures will be distributed via door hangers to businesses and residents along the route.
For event information, the course map and a breakdown of street closures, go to: http://trirock.competitor.com/community-annapolis/
The City will post information about street closures and parking restrictions in early May on the web at http://www.annapolis.gov.
“The TriRock Triathlon will bring in hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors to enjoy our town and support our local economy,” Mayor Cohen said. “The City and the organizers have worked diligently to respond to resident and business concerns, and have benefited from the experience of past races in planning the route and logistics. The Triathlon is a perfect fit for the ‘clean and green’ attitude of our residents and businesses. I am confident that the economic benefit of showcasing our historic downtown will be well worth the relatively minor disruptions caused by this event.”
“We have worked with the TriRock organizers to try and minimize the impact of the event on businesses in town,” Sean O’Neill, president of the Annapolis Business Association. “It’s our hope that the end result will be a boost for local businesses rather than a hindrance.”