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Weekend closings for triathlon

The annual Nation's Triathlon is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. Sunday. The event includes a swim in the Potomac, a bike ride through central Washington and a run near the National Mall ending by the Tidal Basin. The crowds and the street closings are likely to disrupt Sunday morning traffic along the Potomac and around the Mall. Here's a guide.

Advice for participants
The transition area between Independence Avenue, the Potomac River and the Tidal Basin opens at 5 a.m. Sunday. Parking nearby will be almost impossible and no drop-offs will be allowed on Independence Avenue.

Shuttle buses: The free buses will run from the Washington Hilton and from the Old Convention Center parking lot at 9th and I (Eye) streets NW to the transition area between 4:30 and 6:15 a.m. After the race, the shuttles will leave from the transition area, starting at about 2 p.m. Bikes are not allowed on the shuttles.

Parking: There will be three lots on Ohio Drive SW by Buckeye Drive. Reach them via Maine Avenue SW, 15th Street or southbound I-395. (Note that 15th Street and Maine Avenue will close at 6 a.m.) The lots are about a 15-minute walk from the transition area. Drivers also can use the Arlington Cemetery parking lot, then walk across Memorial Bridge to the transition area.

See a triathlon course map.

Street closings
These closings are scheduled for 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday:
-- Independence Avenue, between 14th and 23rd streets
-- Ohio Drive, riverside and channel side. (Golf course patrons will still have access from I-395.)
-- Whitehurst Freeway
-- Potomac River Freeway
-- Rock Creek Parkway
-- Memorial Bridge (Arlington Memorial Circle will remain open.)
-- Lincoln Memorial Circle
-- 27th Street, between K Street and Virginia Avenue
-- 15th Street, Independence to Constitution avenues
23rd Street, between Constitution and Independence avenues
-- Henry Bacon Drive
-- Daniel French Drive
-- Maine Avenue, west of southbound I-395
-- East Basin Drive
-- Buckeye Drive (access to Ohio Drive and the riverside)
-- Clara Barton Parkway, between Chain Bridge and the access road to MacArthur Boulevard north of the Glen Echo turnaround
-- Cabin John Parkway

By Robert Thomson  | September 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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