Galveston, TX – November 18, 2020 – The annual Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas Triathlon returns to the island this Sunday, November 22 with COVID-19 precautions. The event was rescheduled from earlier this year after changes to state regulations regarding the coronavirus.
The swim, bike and run race begins at 6:30 a.m. and is expected to continue until 1:30 p.m. The race includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run course. The race organizers have provided a COVID-19 plan, which the city approved. The race has limited the number of participants and participants will be competing in different waves to eliminate large gatherings. There will be designated areas where masks are required and temperature checks for all participants. If a person presents with a high temperature, they will receive a rapid COVID-19 test. In addition, there will be numerous sanitizing stations and other precautions.
The swim and the majority of the run are confined to the bay and Moody Gardens property. Participants will use the roadways near and around Moody Gardens, as well as Stewart Road, Cove View Boulevard and FM 3005 for the bike and part of the run courses.
Roads Affected: The following roadways will be affected by the triathlon beginning at 6:30 a.m.
- 83rd Street between Piper and Stewart Road will be closed to traffic except for emergency personnel needing access.
- Cove View Blvd. will be open to car traffic only in the north bound lanes between FM 3005 and Stewart. (Traffic heading to Seawall Blvd/FM 3005 from Stewart will be open.)
- Cove View southbound, from Stewart to FM 3005, will be closed to car traffic.
- Other roadways in the area will be open, but expect traffic delays.