Athletes compete in Ironman triathlon

- Many streets in Tempe are shut down on Sunday as athletes compete in the 2016 Ironman triathlon race.

More than 3000 athletes are expected to compete in the event, which begins at 6:30 a.m., on Sunday. The event is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.

The event begins with a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed by a bike course through the desert and the run through Tempe.

Rio Salado Parkway will be shut down in both directions from Mill Avenue to Ash Avenue until Noon on Monday.

Mill Avenue will also be closed in both directions in several areas until 6 p.m., on Sunday.

McClintock will be closed in both directions between Rio Salado Parkway and the Loop 202 until 6 p.m Sunday.  Southbound Scottsdale Road will be shut down at the Loop 202 until about 6 p.m., on Sunday and northbound Rural Road will be closed in the Rio Salado parkway area until 6 p.m., Sunday.

The full list of closures can be found here.

The event began back in 2005 in Tempe.  People from nearly every state in the U.S. are represented at the event, and athletes from more than thirty-eight different countries are taking part.

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