The Miss America Competition's return to Atlantic City isn't the only big event happening there today.

More than 1,300 entrants will participate in the third annual International Atlantic City Triathalon this morning.

Presented by Revel Casino-Hotel, the triathalon will start and finish at Bader Field for the second straight year and will coincide with the annual Atlantic City Seafood Festival, which moved to Bader Field from Gardner's Basin.

"Working with the Seafood Fest is really nice," race director Stephen Del Monte said in a phone interview Saturday. "There's plenty of room, plenty of parking and plenty of things to do for the entire family."

Participants will compete in a one-mile swim in the bay, a 20-mile bike along the Atlantic City Expressway and a 10K run along the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

For those who don't want to compete in the run, a new aspect of the race was added this year called the aquabike.

Aquabike racers will only need to compete in the one-mile swim and 20-mile bike.

"It's huge orthopedically. We're all going to turn to it one day if we want to compete," Del Monte said. "It benefits the older people and it gets newer people involved in the event. It gives people another avenue to get involved in multi-sport."

The 1,300-plus entrants will be more the number of people racing last year, Del Monte said. In its second year at Bader Field, Del Monte believes everything was better organized than last year.

"This is still a relatively new event in Atlantic City," Del Monte said. "You're always looking to make things better."

The event originated in 2011, and was originally held at Boardwalk Hall. That year, the swim was canceled due to rough surf conditions as the swim portion was set to take place in the ocean.

The triathalon was moved to Bader Field in 2012 where the swim portion was held in the bay. But unlike 2011, weather isn't going to be a factor this year as the weekend in Atlantic City was set up for beautiful weather.

The forecast calls for sunny weather with the temperature at 58 degrees for the start of the race with minimal winds at 3 mph. There's a 0 percent change of precipitation, according to

"We couldn't ask for better weather this weekend," Del Monte said.

The event will also cause some delays in traffic heading into the city.

The Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector is scheduled to be closed between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m on Sunday. There will also be restrictions put in place along the Atlantic City Expressway as well as Fairmount Avenue in Atlantic City and the Black Horse Pike.

"We have installed Variable Message Boards (VMS), placed notices on our website and coordinated any closings with state and local police to minimize the inconvenience to travelers," said Samuel L. Donelson, acting Executive Director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority.

(Staff writer Wallace McKelvey contributed to this story.)

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