ironman atlantic city

Triathletes last September begin the cycling leg at Bader Field. in Atlantic City. September 18, 2016.

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ATLANTIC CITY — The Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City triathlon presented by DelMoSports is returning Sunday.

The second annual event at Bader Field will include a swim, bike ride and run in and around the city.

The event has sold out again this year, drawing almost 3,000 participants, said Steve DelMonte, leader of DelMoSports and the race director.

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“We’ve got people from all over the world and all over the country,” he said.

The race begins with a 1.2-mile swim in the back bays near Bader Field.

It’s followed by a bike course that’s taking the riders along the Black Horse Pike, Westcoat and Delilah roads and back into Atlantic City via the Atlantic City Expressway.

The race concludes with a 13.1-mile run that includes running along the length of the Boardwalk and ending at Boardwalk Hall.

DelMonte said he hopes the race celebrates health and wellness and brings people together.

“That’s what Ironman is all about,” he said.

This year, the organizers altered the course to be “friendly to the community,” DelMonte said, avoiding hindering too much traffic from surrounding county towns.

But organizers still warned of traffic delays. Police issued a statement advising residents to allow extra time to get to destinations during the race.

From 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Delilah Road, Westcoat Road, Atlantic 651 and New Road, Pleasantville and Egg Harbor Township residents can expect delays and detours.

The Atlantic City Expressway exits 5 through 1, including the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector, will be closed from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drivers should expect heavy traffic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Route 322 with lane closings.

Bicycles will not be allowed on the Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Jackson to Albany avenues.

Police recommended using Route 30 to enter and exit the city.

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Covering breaking news for The Press of Atlantic City since September 2016. Graduate of the University of Maryland, Central Jersey native.

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