Expect traffic to be a bit crazier than usual in and around Boise's downtown Saturday.
For 32 years, youngsters have laced up their sneakers and done their part to promote physical fitness by participating in The Saint Alphonsus Capitol Classic Race. Capitol Boulevard will be closed all day starting at 8a.m. because at 11a.m., about 2,000 kids will run downhill from the Boise Train Depot to the Idaho State Capitol Building, where every participant will be awarded an Olympic-style medal and other goodies for completing the 1-mile race. The race not only promotes physical fitness for kids, but proceeds benefit Saint Alphonsus children’s programs. Capitol Boulevard will be closed from 8a.m. to 11:45a.m for the event.
And right around the time the Capitol Classic is wrapping up, another major event will be getting underway.The Ironman 70.3 Triathlon has become a favorite among athletes looking to push themselves to the next level. At noon, thousands of fans and spectators will cheer on more than 1,200 athletes that will begin their arduous journey to the finish line, beginning with a 1.2 mile swim at Lucky Peak. They will then continue on to the 56 mile biking portion of the competition that will begin at Lucky Peak Dam and head south on Technology Way towards Pleasant Valley Road. The cyclists will make a U-turn on Ten Mile Creek Road and head towards South Federal Way and end their route on South Capitol Boulevard. As if that weren’t exhausting enough, the athletes will wrap up with a 13.1 mile run from South Capitol Boulevard to the finish line at Julia Davis Park, much of which will be on the Greenbelt. Capitol Boulevard will also be closed for this event.
Other road closures include South Eisenman Road from I-84 to the Factory Outlet from 12:50p.m. - 4:45p.m., Pleasant Valley Road from Gowen Road to Ten Mile Creek Road from 1p.m. — 4:45p.m., Ten Mile Creek Road from Pleasant Valley Road to South Cole Road from 1:20p.m. — 4:30p.m., and Federal Way and South Capitol Boulevard from Protest Road to University Drive from 1:30p.m. — 6:30p.m. Expect delays throughout East Boise.
The Ada County Highway District warns that motorists who are traveling on the bike course may be driving alongside the athletes and ask that caution be used on the route.
A number of local law enforcement officers, race officials and volunteers will be present along the course of the race to help direct traffic and ensure everyone’s safety. Some delays are to be expected on I-84 near the Eisenman Road Interchange (Exit 59), but the ACHD assures that there will be extra signage to help guide those traveling in and out of Boise.