Drivers should expect delays this Sunday, Feb. 19, in the West Valley as hundreds of people lace up their running shoes for the Sun Health Arizona Marathon.
The full marathon race starts at 7 a.m. at the Vic Bar + Kitchen in Buckeye, continues through Goodyear and ends in Glendale at the Westgate Sports and Entertainment District, according to a news release.
Runners will pass through downtown Verrado in Buckeye and are expected to clear that portion of the course route by 7:45 a.m. Police officers and traffic control personnel will direct traffic in this area before and after the start of the race.
Throughout the day, runners have the right-of-way and traffic will be held for a short time to allow marathon participants to pass unimpeded along the marathon routes.
One or more travel lanes will be closed and traffic cones and barriers may be placed at business and community entrances and/or exits along the length of the race course from 3 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., until the athletes complete each section of the course.
Roadways will reopen as the last runner clears individual route segments. When possible, road closures may be lifted earlier then times listed below.
Full Marathon Race Starts in Buckeye
•5 a.m.–8:30: Main St. (between Market Place and Park Street), Park and Thayer streets are closed to traffic in both directions. Residents north of Main, Park and Thayer streets may head south on feeder streets when runners are not on the course. Acacia Way (between Thayer Street and Indian School Road) will be closed. Lost Creek and Verrado Way may be used as alternate traffic routes.
•3 a.m.–9 a.m.: Indian School Road between Sunrise and Cotton lanes, including a portion of Loop 303/Indian School exit, will be closed to traffic in both directions.
•3 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Westbound Glendale Avenue (outside lanes only) between Litchfield Road and 99th Avenue.
•4 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.:
•Loop 101/Maryland Avenue exits closed
•99th Avenue: Closed to traffic between Bethany Home Road and Glendale Avenue.
•Maryland Avenue: Closed to traffic between 99th and 95th avenues.
•95th Avenue: Closed to traffic between Coyotes Boulevard and Maryland Avenue (Access Hampton Inn via 95th Avenue only).
The 2017 Sun Health Arizona Marathon features full, half and relay fun run marathons with separate start lines and routes that converge on Luke Air Force Base. Runners will race down Glendale Avenue together to the finish line at the Westgate Sports and Entertainment District in Glendale.
For more information about the Sun Health Arizona Marathon, visit www.thearizonamarathon.com.