Sunny Waas, working for Raceday Wheels, swaps a set of bicycle wheels for a racer in the Ironman Village at Boulder High School on Friday.
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Sunday elite racers from across the country will converge for the sixth annual Ironman Boulder triathlon. .

Athletes will put their skills to the test in running, cycling and swimming stages. The race will start at the Boulder Reservoir and end at Pearl Street. The course includes a 2.4-mile swim at the Boulder Reservoir, a run course of 26.2 miles and a 112-mile-long bike route. Danial James, the race director, on Ironman Boulder’s website stated that for the first time in the event’s history, the courses will remain the same as the previous year with only minor adjustments.

Sunday will mark the final time the full 140.6-mile course will be traversed in Boulder, according to an email sent Friday by Ironman public relations. Boulder will still be home to the shorter Ironman 70.3, though. That race will be Aug. 19.

“After thoughtful consideration, we have decided that 2019 will be the final year for Ironman Boulder,” Frank Lowery, Midwest Great Plains regional director for Ironman, stated in the news release. “A decision like this is never easy, and we understand the disappointment this may cause our athletes. As we refresh our race offerings in North America, we remain fully committed to putting on an unparalleled and world-class experience not only for the final Ironman Boulder triathlon but also the Ironman 70.3 Boulder triathlon which will continue. For nearly 20 years Boulder has provided a tremendous amount of support to the triathlon community all while embracing the Ironman spirit. We love Boulder and the local community and look forward to the future of Ironman in Boulder.”

With the 140.6-mile race taking place across Boulder County on Sunday, more than 1,300 registered participants, along with a throng of spectators, are expected to pour into the region. County officials advised residents of the following major road closures on Sunday:

• North 63rd Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Monarch Road. to Colo.119 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• North 71st Street will be closed to all traffic from Monarch Road to Colo. 119 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Niwot Road will be closed to all traffic from Colo. 119 to 71st Street from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Monarch Road will be closed from Colo. 119 to 71st Street and IBM East Loop Road to 63rd Street 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to IBM will be allowed via 71st Street to Monarch Road to IBM East Loop Road. There will be no access to IBM via Colo. 119

• North 51st Street will be closed from Jay Road to Monarch Road, except to local residents, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Boulder Reservoir will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday.

• 26th Street should not be accessed between 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• 13th Street from Arapahoe Avenue to Canyon Boulevard will be closed from 4 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Monday (closure continues after farmers market).

• Arapahoe Avenue from Broadway to 14th Street will be closed from 3 a.m. Sunday until 8 a.m. Monday

• Glenwood Avenue is closed from Eastwood Court to Glenwood Court from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• 47th Street is closed from Pearl Street to Sterling Drive from 1 p.m. to midnight

To learn more about additional road closures and detour routes people can visit, ironman.com.

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