Ironman Triathalon - Special Use Permit
The Blue Ridge Parkway is reviewing a Special Use Permit (SUP) request for the Ironman Virginia's Blue Ridge triathlon which would involve a full closure of the motor road on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Requests for events which are not sponsored or promoted by the National Park Service are evaluated pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and if allowed, take place under an SUP with specific conditions.
This proposed event may host 2,500 cyclists riding on the Parkway motor road from Virginia Route 43 (Parkway milepost 91) to Virginia Route 24/Washington Avenue (Parkway milepost 112) near Roanoke, Virginia (please see attached map). In consideration for the safety of the large number of participants, motorists, and all park visitors, if a permit is issued a full two-lane closure of the motor road would be proposed for the duration of the event, to potentially include up to a 24 hour period. Access to all other sections of the Parkway motor road, as well as non-roadway areas such as trails, would remain unchanged.
If permitted, the NPS would utilize cost recovery methods to recoup from the event organizer the total actual cost of all NPS personnel and equipment utilized to issue the permit and conduct the closure.
Blue Ridge Parkway management is interested in hearing from the public regarding impacts of a potential short term full closure of the motor road as a condition of this SUP.