Marathon means road closures/traffic tie-ups

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PHOENIX -- Sunday morning runners will hit the pavement for the PF Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon. That means anyone driving the roadways in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tempe will experience road restrictions and closures. The detours will be in effect as early as 6:30 a.m., and should open around 3:15 p.m. Also, officers and event personnel may need to implement a soft closure anywhere along the race course.

The races begin at 7:30 a.m. and streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Streets along the earlier miles of the route will open earlier than roads along the end of the route.

Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and to be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes. Streets along the race course will be marked with No Parking signs. Vehicles in violation of these posted signs will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense. 

This year, the marathon and half-marathon will each have different start points. To see the course maps, click here. The 26.2-mile marathon will start in Downtown Phoenix and head north on Seventh Avenue. Then runners will head east into the Biltmore area to Scottsdale Road, back to 40th Street and down to Tempe. The half-marathon starts in Tempe, runs through South Scottsdale and ends back in Tempe.

Race officials say the METRO light rail will operate on race weekend and with an enhanced schedule on race morning. There will be slight service delays once the races start. With stops close to the marathon and half-marathon start and finish areas, METRO is a convenient transportation alternative.