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City issues, traffic, parking advisory ahead of Ironman race

FOX 8 received this news release from the Mayor's Office Thursday evening:

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans race scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2013. This race is a 70.3-mile triathlon, consisting of three stages: swimming, cycling, and running.

To ensure participant and spectator safety during the race, officers from the New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Orleans Parish Levee Board Police, and Louisiana State Police will be on duty monitoring the event and providing security.

First Stage- Swimming 1.2 miles
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, swimmers will enter Lake Pontchartrain at Lake Marina South Shore Harbor at 4 minute intervals, swim east along the shore for 1.2 miles, and then exit onto the designated dock of the marina.

First Athlete out of Water: 7:25 a.m.
Last Athlete out of Water: 9:30 a.m.

Second Stage- Cycling 56 miles
At 7:30 a.m., bicyclists will exit South Shore Marina Harbor Parking Lot onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard, and travel west (with traffic) to the Haynes Boulevard exit ramp at the down stroke of the Sen. Ted Hickey Bridge. Bicycle racers will make a hard left u-turn onto this exit ramp and will proceed onto Haynes Boulevard just East of W. Laverne to Paris Road, follow the right bend right in the roadway (against traffic) to south bound I-510 (against traffic). Bicyclists will continue on I-510 cross over Interstate I-10 and exit at Chef Menteur (Highway 90), where the bicyclists will turn left onto Chef Menteur (Highway 90) in an east bound direction past Venetian Isles over the Chef Pass bridge for six miles to the designated u-turn and return west bound on Chef Menteur (Highway 90) to Highway 11. The bicyclists will take a right onto Highway 11 and bike five miles on Highway 11. The bicyclists will u-turn and return to Chef Menteur (Highway 90) via Highway 11. Bicyclists will take a right onto Chef Menteur (Highway 90) and continue west bound (with traffic) to the service road (Frontage Road) just before I-510. The bicyclists will turn right onto the Service Road (Frontage Road) and bike to Six Flags Boulevard and turn right. The bicyclists will continue on Six Flags Boulevard to Michoud Boulevard, where the bicyclists will make a u-turn and continue back to the Service Road (Frontage Road); left turn and continue on the Service Road (Frontage Road) back to Chef Menteur (Highway 90). The athletes will turn right onto Chef Menteur (Highway 90) and then turn right onto north bound I-510 (with traffic), to Paris to Hayne to the fly  over on ramp to Stars and Stripes to transition.

First Athlete on Haynes Blvd: 7:30 a.m.
Last Athlete on Haynes Blvd: 9:35 a.m.

First Athlete on Chef Hwy: 8:00 a.m.
Last Athlete on Chef Hwy: 10:25 a.m.

First Athlete off Chef Hwy: 8:55 a.m.
Last Athlete off Chef Hwy: 12:30 p.m.

First Athlete Back to Transition: 9:30 a.m.
Last Athlete Back to Transition: 12:45 p.m.

Third Stage- Running 13.1 miles
At 9:35 a.m., the runners will abandon their bicycles at transition area, located at the South Shore Marina Parking Lot and will begin the third stage, running on foot. Runners will exit the transition area onto Stars and Stripes and will travel west (with traffic), over the Ted Hickey Bridge to Lakeshore Drive to Elysian Fields to the west side of Lakeshore Drive to Canal Boulevard and u-turn east bound on Lakeshore Drive to the Bayou St. John Bridge. The runners will not cross over the bridge but will veer right to Beauregard Avenue turn in right onto Beauregard Avenue to Robert E. Lee Boulevard, crossing over to Wisner Boulevard. Proceeding with traffic to Harrison Avenue, the runners will turn right onto Harrison, to the traffic circle to Diagonal Drive and turn right. From Diagonal Drive they will proceed to Magnolia Drive and turn left. From Magnolia Drive they will approach Zachary Taylor Drive and turn left and continue to Golf / Henry Thomas Drive where they will turn right. From Henry Thomas Drive (underneath the I-610), they will turn left at fork in the road to Friedrich Avenue. Runner will turn left onto Friedrich Avenue and continue to Wisner Boulevard, right turn onto Wisner Boulevard (with traffic) to the Beauregard traffic circle continue with traffic around the circle to Esplanade Avenue runners will continue river bound with traffic on Esplanade Avenue to N. Rampart, turning right onto N. Rampart to Armstrong Park where the event will end/ disband.

First Athlete on Run: 9:35 a.m.
Last Athlete on Run: 12:50 p.m.

First Athlete on Wisner Blvd: 9:52 a.m.
Last Athlete on Wisner Blvd: 2:10 p.m.

First Athlete at Esplanade/Wisner: 10:30 a.m.
Last Athlete at Esplanade/Wisner: 3:45 p.m.

First Athlete Crosses Finish Line: 10:45 a.m.
Last Athlete Crosses Finish Line: 3:00 p.m. (approximate)

Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.

In addition, RTA services, including bus service, may be interrupted during these events. Details on route changes are available at www.norta.com.

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