NEW YORK CITY — The upper level of the Henry Hudson Bridge will remain open Sunday morning throughout the 20th Verizon New York Triathlon and first-ever duathlon, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The bridge will be accessible in the Bronx via northbound traffic through the Dyckman Street entrance only via Riverside Drive between 4 and 10 a.m. to accommodate the cycling portion of the event, MTA officials said.
The NYPD will close the northbound Henry Hudson Drive from West 56th Street to West 181st Street beginning at 4 a.m. and access will remain closed until 10 a.m. for this event. All southbound bridge lanes to Manhattan will remain open throughout the event, according to the transportation agency.
Motorists should use an alternate route during this time and expect delays, the agency said.
Due to the high temperatures, a heat advisory has also been issued for the triathlon; therefore, the run and bike portions of the triathlon and the duathlon portion of the race have been shortened, according to Life Time, which owns and produces the triathlon.
The triathlon bike section will be reduced from 24.8 miles to 12.4 miles and the race will be reduced from 6.2 miles to 2.5 miles. Stage 1 of the duathlon race will be reduced from 2 miles to 1 mile and stage 2 will be reduced from 6.2 miles to 2.5 miles, depending on lifespan.
“While it is disappointing to reduce the duration of both races, our number one priority is to do everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our competitors, volunteers, medical staff and spectators,” Life Time said. on its website.
The change in the race for Stage 1 of the duathlon course will now include a southerly turn at approximately 90th Street and the West Side Highway.
On the bike course, the north turn will now be at 181st Street and the West Side Highway.
The race route change for the triathlon and Duathlon Stage 2 race will be in Central Park, where instead of continuing south to the Lower Central Park Loop and north on East Drive until the turnaround point at East 90 Street, competitors will instead head east on the 72nd Street crossroads toward the finish line at Center Drive.
“We STRONGLY encourage all of our athletes to maintain hydration before, during and after the respective races,” Life Time said. Race officials will also take steps to ensure participants stay hydrated.
To help with athlete safety on race day, race officials provide the following:
Athletes have until 9 p.m. Saturday to check in a bike at Transition at Riverside Park Soccer Fields at 101st Street and to receive their expo packet. MTA customers who want more information about travel alerts can sign up to receive emails or text messages at mymtaalerts.com, the agency said.