Traffic information about PF Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon:
No major freeways will be closed on race day.
METO Light Rail
METRO Light Rail will be operating over race weekend with a slightly altered schedule on January 16. With a stop approximately 1 mile from the start and 1/2 miles from the finish, the light rail may be utilized as an alternative method of transportation. For more details on how to use the light rail throughout race weekend click here.
The Marathon, ½ Marathon and Relay will run on two separate courses. The majority of road closures along the two routes will be between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The roads in the immediate start and finish areas will be closed longer. The first miles of the course will re-open prior to the latter miles of the course.
At 6:30 a.m., the Marathon course will be completely closed to all traffic; the 1/2 Marathon course will close to traffic at 7:30 a.m. During the race, cars may be allowed to cross the course only when safe to do so. Traffic metering will be monitored by police officers stationed along the courses.
Recommended Access Routes
Phoenix Area Directions:
For easiest entrance and exit between 6:00 am and 12 noon, please use the 51 freeway. Do NOT use the off ramps to east or westbound McDowell Road during this time period.
Scottsdale Area Directions:
For easiest entrance and exit between the hours of 7:00 am and 12:30 pm, please use the following directions:
Entering: From east or westbound 202, exit Scottsdale Rd. and go north. Southbound Scottsdale Rd. will be closed at this location from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm. There will also be access to the Scottsdale “Area” from eastbound McDowell Rd. to southbound Scottsdale Rd.
Exiting: There are a few options to leave the Scottsdale “Area”:
Take Scottsdale Rd. south to the east or westbound 202 freeway.
Go north on Scottsdale Rd. to McDowell Rd., where vehicles may only turn left.
Go west on Van Buren Street to westbound 202 or northbound 44th Street.
Tempe Area Directions:
For easiest entrance and exit between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm, please use Broadway Road or the 101 or 43 freeways. Expect increased traffic and heavy delays around Arizona State University and downtown Tempe until 3:00 pm. Do not use McClintock/Hayden Road, avoid Rio Salado Parkway, University Drive, Mill Avenue, 5th Street, and the area surrounding the finish line area at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium.
RECCOMENDED DIRECTIONS AROUND THE ROAD CLOSURES:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:
Between the hours of 6:00 am and 12 noon, please use the following routes for best access to the Phoenix Airport:
*From North Scottsdale: Take 101 south, to 202 west, to 143 south or 24th St., exit south and follow signs to the airport.
*From Tempe and Mesa: Take 101 north, to 202 west, to 143 south or 24th St. and exit south.
*From west Phoenix: Take I-17 south, to 10 east to 24th St. and exit south.
*From the Scottsdale “Area”: From Scottsdale Road, take 202 west, to 143 south or 24th Street, exit south and follow signs to airport.
*From the Phoenix “Area”: Take 51 south to 202 east. Exit south on 24th Street and follow signs to airport.
*DO NOT use southbound 44th Street to access the airport from 6:00 am to 12 noon.
All access routes leaving the airport will be open during the race. At 44th Street, only left or right turns will be allowed from the airport between 6:00 am and 12 noon. No northbound traffic will be allowed on 44th Street from the airport.
Phoenix Zoo & Desert Botanical Garden:
The Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden will be open during the event and accessible all day. Between the hours of 8:00 am and 12:30 pm, please use the following routes for best access:
*From east or westbound 202: Exit Scottsdale Road and go north, turn left at Curry Road (westbound), turn right on Mill Ave, go about 1 ½ miles and turn right on Priest Drive. Go one mile (Priest becomes Galvin Pkwy) to the main Zoo entrance on the right. Traffic may also take the 143 expressway north to McDowell Road, and turn right on 64th Street / Galvin Parkway, proceeding south to the Zoo entrance. The Desert Botanical Garden is ¼ mile north of the Zoo entrance on Galvin Parkway.
*From the Scottsdale “Area”: Use either westbound Curry Road (see directions above) or westbound McDowell Road to Galvin Pkwy.
*From the 202 Freeway: DO NOT use northbound Priest Drive or Center Pkwy to access the Zoo or Botanical Garden between 8:00 am and 12 noon.
*From Phoenix: DO NOT use eastbound Van Buren or McDowell (west of the 143) to access the Zoo or Garden between 8:00 am and 12 noon.
Biltmore Fashion Park:
Expect road closures and delays on Missouri Avenue and 24th Street around the Biltmore Fashion Park until 10:30 am on race day.
*From the Phoenix area, take the 51 freeway to eastbound Bethany Home Road.
*From the Scottsdale area, access the Biltmore Fashion Park from the north/east whenever possible, using westbound Camelback Road (eastbound Camelback will be closed until 11:00 am).
Phoenix Art Museum:
The Phoenix Art Museum is open 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm on Sundays. On race day, expect road closures and delays on the streets surrounding the Museum, including Central Avenue and McDowell Road, until 9:45 am. At this time, the Marathon and ½ Marathon courses will have passed the Museum and visitors will be able to access Museum parking lots at Coronado Road and Alvarado Street.
Phoenix Public Library branches will open at 12:00 noon on race day. Closed roads surrounding the Burton Barr Library on Central Avenue will reopen by 10:00 am on race day for easy access to the main branch location.
Scottsdale Fashion Square:
Scottsdale Fashion Square opens at 11:00 am on Sundays. Eastbound Indian School Road, between 48th Street and Goldwater Boulevard will be closed until 1:00 pm on race day. Eastbound Camelback Road will also be closed, between 24th Street and 44th Street until 11:00 am.
To avoid road closure delays, mall employees should use freeway 101, to connect with westbound Chaparral Road. Turn left on Scottsdale Road to access mall parking lots. After 11:00 am, Camelback Road will reopen and shoppers can easily access Scottsdale Fashion Square from both east and westbound Camelback Road.
The Marathon course runs through historic downtown Scottsdale, along Indian School Road and Scottsdale Road. Eastbound Indian School Road will be closed from 48th Street to Goldwater Boulevard until 1:00 pm on race day. Southbound Scottsdale Road will be closed from Goldwater Boulevard to McDowell Road until 1:45 pm.
*From the 101 freeway, exit west on Indian School Road. The intersection of Scottsdale Road and Indian School Road is in the heart of downtown Scottsdale.
*From north Scottsdale, go south on Scottsdale Road, past Camelback Road. Turn right on Stetson Drive to access the Contemporary Arts District. Mile 19 of the Marathon course is near the intersections of Indian School Road and Goldwater Boulevard and Main Street and Marshall Way. Roads surrounding this part of the course will reopen at 1:15 pm.