Nation’s Triathlon to cause road closures Sunday; swim canceled

Update: Race officials of the 9th Annual Nation’s Triathlon in conjunction with local officials have made the decision to cancel the swim portion of the event due to a significant sewage spill in the Potomac River just north of the race venue after the heavy rain and storms Saturday night. The rest of the event will remain unchanged. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

WASHINGTON — While athletes are swimming, biking and running Sunday, area drivers will be avoiding road closures.

The 9th Annual Nation’s Triathlon will be in D.C. on Sunday, and with it come thousands of athletes and spectators. The race includes a 1.5K swim in the Potomac River, a 40K bike course through D.C., and a 10K run.

The triathlon has a start time of 7 a.m., which means drivers should anticipate road closures between 6 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

The closed streets will reopen on a rolling basis after the last participant passes and crews clear the course.

People will not be able to park along the race course. No parking signs mark areas where parking is restricted. Vehicles in violation of posted No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense.

The full list of closures, according to the Metropolitan Police Department:

  • 14th Street bridge HOV outbound lanes will be closed to traffic.

Bike Route:

Start: Independence Avenue at West Basin Drive SW

  • Turn right onto 14th St SW
  • Merge left onto 395 HOV lanes (southbound only)
  • U-turn on 395 HOV lanes near South fern Street
  • Merge onto 14th Street, SW
  • Turn left onto Independence Avenue, SW
  • Merge onto Ohio Drive, SW
  • Merge right onto Potomac Freeway
  • Merge right toward E Street/E Street Expressway
  • Turn left onto 20th Street, NW
  • Turn left onto E Street, NW
  • Merge right onto Potomac Freeway
  • Merge right onto Whitehurst Freeway
  • U-turn on Whitehurst near M Street, NW
  • Merge right onto Potomac Freeway
  • Turn right onto Rock Creek Parkway
  • U-turn at Rock Creek and F Street, NW
  • Merge right onto Ohio Drive, SW
  • Merge onto Independence
  • Finish: (begin 2nd loop) at Independence Ave (east of Ericsson Circle)

Run Route:

Start: Independence Avenue, SW and West Basin Drive, SW (curb lane)

  • Bear right on Maine Avenue, SW
  • Turn left on 15th Street, SW
  • Turnaround on 15th Street, SW
  • Turn left on Maine Avenue, SW
  • Turn right on Ohio Drive, SW
  • Turn right on East Basin Drive, SW
  • Turnaround at East Basin and Ohio Drive, SW
  • Turn right on Ohio Drive, SW
  • Finish: Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive, SW

Other closures:

  • Ramp for westbound I-395 toward Maine, Avenue will be closed to traffic. Alternate routes will be 14th Street Bridge, 9th Street Tunnel and 12th Street Tunnel.
  • Potomac River Freeway will be closed to traffic. Alternate routes will be 23rd Street, NW, Constitution Avenue, NW and Virginia Avenue, NW.
  • Whitehurst Freeway will not open inbound or outbound from 5:30 to approximately 1 p.m.

The Nation’s Triathlon benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

View the course map:

Nation’s Triathlon Course Map by wtopweb

For more information about the event, visit the race’s website.

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