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Athletes run, drivers wait

Challenge Penticton will bring plenty of athletes and road closures to the community this week. Drivers should expect delays.
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August 22, 2013 - 2:26 PM

PENTICTON - Challenge Penticton brings athletes, money, activity and plenty of road closures to the community.

Close to 1,300 triathlon competitors, plus their families and friends, will congregate in the city's north end especially near the Gyro Park and Lakeshore Drive area.

Motorists can expect lengthy delays at the parking lot area at Gyro Park's south end from now to Monday from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. A part of Lakeshore Drive from Main Street to Winnipeg Street will also be slow to cross from now to Monday from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. The same goes for the large parking lot on Martin Street.

On Thursday a 1 km and 5 km fun run will delay drivers along parts of Lakeshore Drive and Riverside Drive from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Friday expect Lakeshore Drive and the Martin Street parking lot zone to have traffic crawling all day long. Saturday motorist will experience similar delays.

Road closures are scheduled Sunday and drivers will need to find alternate routes. Race day starts on Sunday at 4 a.m. and lasts to Monday at 2 a.m. Lakeshore Drive will be closed from Riverside Drive to Main Street during this time. Main Street will be shutdown from Lakeshore Drive to South Beach Road.

Winnipeg Street will also shut down from Lakeshore Drive to Westminster Avenue. Westminster Avenue will be closed off to drivers from Winnipeg Street to Main Street. Eastside Road will be open to local traffic from 11 a.m. Sunday to midnight. Drivers heading north on Skaha Lake Road will need to detour. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the northbound lane is closed.

For more information on which roads are usable on race day check out Challenge Penticton's special advisory.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065, tweet @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict

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