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Triathlon in South Portland: Expect traffic, road closures near SMCC

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Triathlon in South Portland: Expect traffic, road closures near SMCC

SOUTH PORTLAND — Sunday drivers can expect delays in areas of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth this weekend when streets are closed to make way for an all-women's triathlon.

The fourth annual Tri for a Cure on July 31 starts at 10 a.m. Competitors will swim one-third of a mile, bike 15 miles and run 3.1 miles.

Approximately 1,000 participants and thousands of spectators are expected at the Southern Maine Community College campus, where the event begins and many of the day's festivities will take place.

Organizers encourage residents to show up to cheer on the racers from several vantage points, including the SMCC campus, Bunker Hill and Bug Light Park.

But those uninterested in watching would do well to avoid much of the Ferry Village and Willard neighborhoods.

Traffic delays and occasional street closures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are expected on Broadway and Benjamin Pickett, Fort, Preble, Sawyer, Ocean and Fickett streets, as well as Cottage and Mitchell roads, and in Willard Square.

Route 77 and Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth and Sawyer Road and Route 77 in Scarborough are also slated for closures or delays.

Tri for a Cure, founded in 2008, is sponsored by Maine Cancer Foundation, and raises money for cancer research, education and patient support programs. For more spectator and route information, visit www.mainetriforacure.org.