CLEVELAND — The USA Triathlon is expected to bring about 5,000 athletes to Cleveland this weekend.

It's also expected to create road closures that will impact both the east and west sides of the city.

Saturday features an Olympic-distance triathlon, for which competing athletes had to qualify. The race includes a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. Top finishers in each age group can qualify for the World Championships in Switzerland this year and in Canada next year.

Sunday's sprint triathlon is open to public competitors. That race features a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run. 

Edgewater Beach hosts the swim portion of both races, while the running and biking routes will impact the Shoreway and its surrounding areas. That means visitors should expect heavier traffic than usual into Edgewater Park.

Here are the planned road closures so that drivers can plan accordingly:

SATURDAY

4:30 a.m.-noon

  • Eastbound Shoreway from Lake/Clifton/West to Muni Lot
  • Westbound Shoreway from Dead Man's Curve to Lake/Clifton/West
  • South Marginal Road from Muni Lot to E. 55th Street
  • E. 55th Street from South Marginal Road and St. Clair Avenue
  • St. Clair Avenue from E. 55th to 40th streets
  • E. 40th Street from St. Clair to Chester avenues
  • Chester Avenue westbound from E. 40th to E. 105th streets
  • E. 105th Street from Chester Avenue to MLK/East boulevards
  • MLK Boulevard from E. 105th Street to East Boulevard

4:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Lake Avenue from W. 104th Street to Clifton Boulevard
  • West Boulevard from Lake Avenue to Edgewater Drive

SUNDAY

4:30 a.m.-noon

  • Eastbound Shoreway from Lake/Clifton/West to Muni Lot
  • Westbound Shoreway from Dead Man's Curve to Lake/Clifton/West
  • South Marginal Road from Muni Lot to E. 55th Street

4:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Lake Avenue from W. 104th Street to West Boulevard
  • West Boulevard from Lake Avenue to Edgewater Drive

Click here to learn more about the road closures and click here to see the full course routes.

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