FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2006
MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW ROUTE
FOR HONOLULU TRIATHLON
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today (Monday, March 6, 2006), announced the Honolulu Triathlon on Sunday, May 14 will start and finish at Ala Moana Beach Park and includes a bicycle course that goes to Aloha Stadium and back and a run course into Kakaako.
“We are pleased to announce that organizers and sponsors of the Honolulu Triathlon, which previously went from Kapiolani Park to Hawaii Kai, are willing to try this new route,” said Mayor Hannemann. “In response to concerns from some East Honolulu residents about the number of events in their area, and in an effort to meet the Honolulu Triathlon’s needs for a safe, picturesque route, we have worked this out, with the help of the triathlon as well as the state Department of Transportation.”
The mayor added, “About 2,000 of the world’s top triathletes are expected to participate in this Mother’s Day event. The triathlon starts at 6 a.m. and should be finished by mid-morning, so we expect the impact on traffic to be minimal.”
Honolulu Triathlon organizer Bill Burke said the event is “Hawaii’s premier Olympic-distance triathlon.”
“In 2004, the Honolulu Triathlon hosted the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Trial, making it one of America’s best-publicized and best-covered triathlons,” said Burke. “This year’s Honolulu Triathlon will be televised in America and more than 70 other nations worldwide.”
Courses for the 2006 Honolulu Triathlon will be:
· Swim course (1,500 meters): Ala Moana Beach Park.
· Bicycle course (40 kilometers): A loop beginning at Ala Moana Park, ewa on Ala Moana Boulevard, Nimitz Highway under the viaduct, Kamehameha Highway to Salt Lake Boulevard, town-bound on Kamehameha Highway, Nimitz under the viaduct, turning makai and back on Lagoon Drive, town-bound on Nimitz and Ala Moana to the finish line at Ala Moana Park.
· Run course (10 kilometers): A loop from Ala Moana Park to Cooke Street to the turnaround at Auahi.
Traffic and parking restrictions will be in place along the route. Parking at Ala Moana
Park will be restricted that weekend for the Honolulu Triathlon and the Honolulu Kids Triathlon in Saturday, May 13.
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767