Triathlon promises people, traffic on Sunday

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The annual Tri for a Cure triathlon takes place Sunday, July 20, and is expected to cause traffic delays in parts of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth from 7 a.m.-noon while more than 1,000 people compete in the state’s largest – and only all-women’s – triathlon.

The city and the race organizer, the Maine Cancer Foundation, said there will be street closures around Southern Maine Community College, Fort Road, Surfsite Road, and Benjamin Pickett Street from 5:30 a.m.-noon. 

During the race, northbound Preble Street traffic will be detoured toward Elsmere Avenue, onto Cottage Road. Drivers can expect congested traffic on Broadway, Ocean Street via Route 77, Cottage Road and Willard Square.

The city and foundation also urged drivers to be aware of cyclists and runners on the roads during the triathlon, which consists of a 1/3-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride and three-mile run.