Gray’s Lake, Some City Streets To Close For Hy-Vee Triathlon

DES MOINES, IA – Thousands of athletes from throughout the country and around the world will converge on Des Moines this weekend for the Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 U.S. Championship, to be held Sunday, September 4.

The event begins early Sunday morning at Gray’s Lake Park, where age group athletes will complete the 1.5-kilometer swim portion of the event. They’ll mount their bikes in the transition area and set out on a 40-kilometer bike ride through Des Moines and West Des Moines, then return to Gray’s Lake to start their 10-kilometer run to the Iowa State Capitol, site of the finish line for the event.

Construction work is underway to prepare the race venues downtown and at Gray’s Lake Park. To accommodate the set-up process and the race itself, the City of Des Moines has announced the following closures at Gray’s Lake:

Gray’s Lake Park

  • The beach parking lot will be closed Thursday, September 1 through 10 p.m. Sunday, September 4.
  • The beach closes Friday, September 2 at sunset and will reopen Monday, September 5 at sunrise.
  • The entire park will be closed from 4 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 4.

Temporary street closures
All residents and businesses on streets affected by the Hy-Vee Triathlon have received letters informing them of the temporary closures and advising them of alternate routes available to them.
For those traveling within the city this weekend, the following street closures will be in effect:


  • Locust from 2nd Avenue to Robert D. Ray Drive will be closed from 6 p.m. Thursday, September 1st through noon on Monday, September 5th.
  • East 2nd from Grand to Locust will be closed from noon on Friday, September 2nd through 6 p.m. Sunday, September 4th.
  • East 4th Street from Grand to Court will be closed from 6 p.m. Saturday, September 3rd through 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 4th.
  • A number of streets in the downtown area will be closed from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, September 3rd for bike course practice.
  • Many downtown streets, both east and west of the Des Moines River, will be closed at various times throughout the day on Sunday, September 4th for the Triathlon. (See Spectator Map). Those traveling to the event are advised to take I-235 to the East 6th or Southeast 14th Street exits, or Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to Southwest 7th Street, and follow the signs to spectator parking. With the exception of the section of Locust noted above, all downtown roads will reopen by 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Gray’s Lake area – Sunday road closures:

  • Fleur Drive from Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to Bell Avenue will be closed from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The two center lanes of Grand Avenue from Fleur Drive to 63rd Street will be closed from 6:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

West side/West Des Moines – Sunday closures:

  • Portions of several streets will be closed from 5 a.m. until noon on Sunday, September 4th. A map of these road closures, along with suggested detour routes, can be found here.

More information about the races and the other events being held Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the Hy-Vee Triathlon can be found at

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