Tacks pop tires at Ironman

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By Tracy Harris

More than 2,500 athletes passed through Oldham County Sunday during the Ironman Louisville triathlon.

Although police say the event went without major incident, they’re investigating tacks on U.S. 42 that left several cyclists – and others – with flat tires. 

Oldham County Police Maj. Jimmie Laytham said data is still be compiled from the event but that it appears to have been “extremely well-managed and successful.”

Laytham noted tacks and roofing nails were scattered on U.S. 42 between Bluegrass Parkway and East Ky. 524 at two different times between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Police are still looking for a suspect.

The tacks flattened tires on several bicycles and ambulance tire.

Two unknown people dressed in camouflage reportedly jumped into the roadway on Old Sligo Road, startling cyclists, Laytham said.

Despite several reports of vehicle-bicycle collisions, Laytham said officers could not verify any collisions.

La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said his department issued one parking ticket and towed one vehicle. 

Several drivers drove around police barricades in order to reach parking spaces on Main Street. 

About 57 police officers from OCPD, La Grange Police, Kentucky State Police and the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office provided traffic control for the event. 

Numerous Oldham County EMS employees also provided emergency services along the cycling route.

The World Triathlon Corporation, which owns the Ironman series of events, reimburses local departments for salaries and vehicle expenses related to the event.