Happy to have the competitors here but for the 2nd year running the has been far too little information in the detail needed as to what roads are affected. Even knowing the area well I have been unable to plan around it with the information available. I HAVE had to travel up/dpwn Grogans Mill this afternoon - nowhere did i see that the intersection of Grogans Mill with the Parkway was virtually closed. Could have so easily avoided adding to the chaos with better information.
I am not so sure that I agree with some people that this is a wonderful event. We are a neighborhood and since the vast majority of the people running, riding or swimming are not from this area, we are being inconvenienced a whole lot with these kinds of things. With golf tournaments, and other smaller running type of things, it is getting bad. Finding our way out of our own subdivision is getting to be a challenge. Today was a real mess for me getting where I had to go. I was an hour late for an engagement.
I don't like the inconvenience either but knowing what happened last year I adjusted my plans well in advance of the event. I did receive a brochure in the mail outlining what events will impact road closings by time all the way through 5:30 pm. There was also a post earlier on this site that outlined the event by times, roads, etc.
It appears that we better get used to it as this will become an annual event based on the successes of the past two.
Here is the link posted on this site on May 9th. regading this event:
Stayed home and got some work done around the house. The wife and I thought about walking over to see some of the competition, but then realized that even though this event is strenuous and takes amazing athletic ability, it's still just watching people run, swim, or ride bikes, and that's boring.
I enjoyed staying home and taking care of projects I've been neglecting here, and then lounging by the pool. It was nice to have an excuse to have a lazy day.
Also, I'll be interested to see what the economic impact of the race was. I know last year the Township got over half a million in Hotel taxes in the month of May. Not all of that is Ironman related, but it was 39% over what was expected.