3,500 athletes are coming to Sacramento for Ironman California. Here’s what to know

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The 2021 Ironman California is scheduled to make its debut in Sacramento on Sunday with a competition of endurance and a shot at a $50,000 prize purse.

More than 3,500 athletes will make their way to Sacramento this week — and you should definitely expect some traffic delays.

The triathlon — which will broadcast live on Facebook — will only offer 45 registered athletes a shot at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October 2022.

Ironman California will lead athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run through Sacramento’s downtown area and end around the California State Capitol building and gardens. The course will highlight the Tower Bridge, Central Valley’s farm and wine country and Discovery Park.

When the event was announced last year, Mike Testa, president and CEO of Visit Sacramento’s Sports Commission, said Ironman projected $15 million in economic impact for the region.

The event will feature several familiar faces to Ironman, including Jan Frodeno, Gustav Iden and Lionel Sanders.

The 2021 Ironman California will broadcast live exclusively on Facebook starting at 6:30 a.m.

Whether you’re participating or a Sacramentan staying home this weekend, there are a few things you should know:

Expected traffic impacts

Street closures will affect downtown Sacramento and other areas along the race course.

A full list of closures and detours can be found here.

COVID-19 guidelines

Ironman staff and volunteers will be provided with face coverings and gloves to be used while working in all athlete-facing areas. Athletes will also be provided with face coverings and are expected to wear them around event venues.

Athletes, staff and volunteers will be required to fill out a pre-race health questionnaire. Temperature checks will be taken and any individual with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed to volunteer or race.

For more information on COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, visit Operational and Safety Guidelines for Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Events.

Ironman California schedule

Here are the events running Thursday through Monday, including race start times:

Thursday, Oct. 21

Event: Ironman Village Open

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Athlete Briefing

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22

Event: Ironman Village Open

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Pro Athlete Panel

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 12 p.m.

Event: Welcome Ceremony

Location: Sacramento River Cats Baseball Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Event: Ironkids Fun Run

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 9 a.m.

Event: Ironman Village Open

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Event: Mandatory Bike and Gear Bag Check-in

Location: Sacramento River Cats Baseball Stadium

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Event: Athlete Briefing

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24

Event: Race Day

Location: Click here for a map of the course.

Times: 4:45 a.m. to 6: 45 a.m. - transition area open - Sacramento River Cats Baseball Stadium

6:48 a.m. - professional men start

6:50 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. - rolling age group race starts

Approximately 2:15 p.m. - first participant expected at the finish line

Approximately 12:30 a.m. - race ends (17 hours after the last athlete enters the water)

Monday, Oct. 25

Event: Ironman Village Open

Location: Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Event: Awards Ceremony and 22 Ironman World Championship Slot Allocation and Rolldown Ceremony

Location: Ironman Village, Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Time: 9 a.m.

Access the entire event schedule here.

Other Ironman events

Ironman food drive

In conjunction with the Ironman California triathlon, the Ironman Foundation will distribute more than $25,000 in grants throughout Northern California communities starting next week. The foundation will also host a food drive in Ironman Village at Capitol Mall and Ninth Street from Thursday to Saturday.

All items collected from the food drive will go to the Central Downtown Food Basket, which feeds insecure households once a month at mobile sites in Sacramento.

If you go

Event: Ironman food drive

Address: Ironman Village, Capitol Mall and Ninth Street

Date: Thursday, Oct. 21, to Saturday, Oct. 23

Ironman book signing

In addition, the Ironman Foundation will host two book signings with author Mike Reilly, known as the “voice of Ironman”. Donations to the Ironman Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief Fund will be accepted to assist with Northern California Wildfire rebuilding efforts.

Attendees must purchase a book on-site or bring their own to be signed.

If you go

Event: Ironman book signing

Address: Ironman Village

Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; noon to 1 p.m. Saturday

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