Triathlon might avoid Leelanau after 2019 traffic woes

Source: MGN -- People couldn't drive in or out of Leelanau County for hours last August during Ironman 70.3, which is a combination of running, swimming and bicycling.
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) A triathlon that paralyzed traffic in a popular northern Michigan county is looking at a different route.

People couldn't drive in or out of Leelanau County for hours last August during Ironman 70.3, which is a combination of running, swimming and bicycling.

Leelanau County is a popular summer destination in the northwestern Lower Peninsula. Trevor Tkatch, chief executive of Traverse City Tourism, says organizers are looking at a route that doesn't include Leelanau. Drivers weren't able to cross M-72, a major route between Lake Michigan and Traverse City.

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