State Police and Local Law Enforcement Cover Ironman 70.3 in Frankfurt


FRANKFURT — It wasn’t just a busy weekend for Ironman 70.3 Michigan attendees on 9/11, local and state law enforcement, as well as volunteer groups, had a lot going on. during the weekend.

Lt. Travis House, station commander of the Michigan State Police Station at Cadillac, said about 50 troops from across the state were called in to work on the event.

About 50 Michigan State Police Troopers were called in to direct traffic in Benzie County for the Ironman 70.3 event on Sept. 11.

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“Ironman 70.3 has a huge operation, and part of that operation here is to secure traffic for the bike portion of the race,” House said. “They have contacted the Michigan State Police to provide soldiers and other resources here for this function to ensure the riders’ safety as they travel the bike portion of the course.”

House said soldiers were primarily directing traffic at points along the cycle course. He also said state police were also directing some traffic for the racing portion of the race.

The state police also provided security for the race in downtown Frankfurt.

House said state police knew traffic would be “rough” and ran publicity reminding people the event would cause traffic delays and asking drivers to be patient with troopers on the day of the event.

“We are not closing the roads completely but they are very restricted,” he said. “Bikes can go 50 miles per hour and that can be hard for the average motorist to judge.”

House said Ironman organizers paid Michigan State Police to help direct traffic.

“Ironman is funding this event through a contract with the state police,” he said. “I don’t want people to think that taxpayers’ money is being spent on this. “

House said he appreciates the community’s support and patience with traffic delays.

“We know for some people it’s an inconvenience, and we appreciate their patience,” he said.

The Benzie County Sheriff’s Office also helped ensure the safety of Ironman attendees.

“The Benzie County Sheriff’s Office only deals with marine assets,” said Rebecca Hubers, Benzie County Emergency Manager. “They were on the water the whole time for the swimming part.”

After the swim portion was over, the sheriff’s office deputies continued with their usual daily duties.

“Everyone was accounted for so we could clean up the water,” Hubers said. “A few people were pulled from the water, but not for medical or emergency reasons. They felt tired or couldn’t continue for other reasons.

Hubers said those people were brought ashore by Ironman personnel.

The Benzie County Citizens Emergency Response Team was also operating at Ironman providing support services.

“I had CERT members watching the swim on the Elberta side and I have CERT members at a few run points complementing the soldiers,” Hubers said. “I have a group that rides by Riverside Canoe Rentals on M-22 to make sure people crossing there get out of the way because those bikes go really fast and people get confused about that.”

Hubers said CERT teams are going to be over after the bike portion of the race is over. However, she would continue to monitor communications in the CERT mobile command center until the event was over.

“I will stay here in communications, we listen to all the radios concerned,” she said. “We have one for the swim portion, one for the bike portion, one for Benzie County Emergency Services and one for the fire department.”


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