The Lake Norman YMCA will host the annual Lake Norman Triathlon this Saturday, Aug. 24, bringing hundreds of athletes to the area. Police are warning residents to keep an eye out for athletes and race related traffic delays between 7 and 10am in Cornelius and Davidson.
The Lake Norman Triathlon is part of the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series. It starts with a 750-meter swim in Lake Cornelius from the YMCA, then athletes shift to their bicycles for a 17.8 mile ride. The race wraps up with a 5K run.
Cornelius police say North Main Street will be “significantly affected by bike riders,” who will pedal out Davidson Street from the YMCA onto North Main Street toward Davidson. They’ll return to the Y via Potts Street in Davidson, then back onto Davidson Street.
In Davidson, riders will head east on Concord Road to East Rocky River Road, then left onto Shearers Road to Faith Road. They’ll head west on Faith Road to NC 115, then onto Beaty Street in Davidson, to Sloan Street and Potts Street. (See a course map here.)
Athletes will be spread out and police plan to stop traffic as needed during the event.
Police recommend avoiding the race area on Saturday, including North Main Street in Cornelius and South Main Street in Davidson. If you’re traveling north out of Cornelius on Saturday, consider alternate routes such as I-77, Davidson-Concord Road, or East Rocky River Road.
The Lake Norman Triathlon is the year’s largest fundraiser for the Lake Norman YMCA. Read more about the Lake Norman Triathlon on our Events Calendar, in The GUIDE.