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Posted on: April 26, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Chickahominy Riverfront Park Hosts IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia Event on Sunday, May 5

IRONMAN Advisories

The IRONMAN 70.3 may cause road delays on Route 5 near Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP) on Sunday, May 5. The event will also cause impacts to park patrons. While the IRONMAN 70.3 is only on Sunday, there will be impacts on Saturday, May 4 to CRP as the event begins its setup. The triathlon will draw approximately 2,000 participants and 3,000 spectators.

The swim portion of the event will take place in Gordon Creek adjacent to the Chickahominy River and will impact the boat ramp and fishing pier at CRP. Local anglers, boaters and those seeking water recreation are advised that there will be no use of the park on Sunday, May 5 including the fishing pier, boat ramp and paddlecraft rentals. However, the County offers a variety of alternatives for water recreation, please see the list below.

The bicycle and running legs of the triathlon will start at CRP and cross the Judith Stewart Dresser Bridge into Charles City County. The Virginia Capital Trail will also be used for the run portion of the triathlon, and may cause minor delays.

The James City County Police Department (JCCPD) will be directing traffic in front of CRP during the race to aid in preventing delays as well as at other major intersections where traffic may be impacted. Bicyclists will be traveling on the roadway throughout the morning, so drivers should use caution. JCCPD has been working with event coordinators to ensure the safety of participants and motorists, with as little impact on normal traffic flow as possible.

Traffic Impacts:

  • Richmond Road from New Kent line to Forge Road will be down to one lane of travel East bound
  • Cranston Mill Pond Road will be closed to thru traffic (residents and cyclists only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Jolly Pond Road at the bridge will be closed to through traffic (cyclists only)
  • Brick Bat Road will only be accessible from the Centerville side for vehicular traffic; vehicles can exit, but not enter from the Route 5 side

Alternative locations for pier fishing include Powhatan Creek Park at 1831 Jamestown Road and Little Creek Reservoir Park at 180 Lakeview Drive.

Available Boat Ramps:

Kayaks, canoes and other small boats may be launched at the available boat ramps as well as Powhatan Creek Park, the James City County Marina and Jamestown Beach Event Park.

The IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon Series is the world’s premier half-distance triathlon series consisting of over 100 qualifying races in 50+ countries, regions and territories across the world. This is the only location in Virginia that hosts an IRONMAN 70.3 event. IRONMAN acquired REV3 Williamsburg from Revolution3 Triathlon in 2018. REV3 Williamsburg was hosted three times at CRP.

Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries.

For more information about Chickahominy Riverfront Park, please call 757-258-5020 or visit the County website.

For more information about IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia, please visit their website or on Facebook.

Media Contacts:
James City County Parks & Recreation: Veda McMullen,, 757-259-5415
James City County Police Department: Stephanie Williams,, 757-592-5618
IRONMAN: Eric Opdyke,, 203-981-6340

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