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New extreme event will cause Seward Highway delays Saturday

By Emily Carlson 9:48 AM July 14, 2017

A warning if you’re driving the Seward Highway this weekend: expect delays. The inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon is Saturday.

It starts in Seward with a 2.6-mile swim from Lowell Point to downtown. Then, swimmers will transition to the bike and ride 112 miles from downtown Seward to the Seward Highway and end up at the Bird Creek Parking lot, where they’ll put on their running shoes and race back towards Girdwood, where they’ll turn on the Alyeska Highway, run through town and end up at Alyeska Resort, where the last seven miles are a grueling 4,750 foot of elevation gain. Competitors finish on top of the North Face trail.

That means motorists will have to share the road. Organizers say they will likely be on the road starting at 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be signs along the road as soon as the first biker leaves Seward and won’t come down until the last runner finishes the leg of the Seward Highway.

Look out for people stationed as crossing guards from Seward all the way to Bird Creek. There will also be medical staff.

There are 320 racers signed up for the event.

Also, beginning this weekend, a section of Spenard Road will be closed for repairs. Click here for more details.

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