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Friday, April 20, 2012

Salt Lake Marathon Will Be Saturday, April 21


The annual Salt Lake Marathon will be held tomorrow morning. It will bring crowds to the Salt Lake City downtown and University of Utah areas and will disrupt traffic in the city.

Ownership of the marathon changed this spring and the new organizers had to scramble to get things set for the race. There was some concern whether they would be able to stage the race on such short notice. But they have pulled things together and the race will begin at 7 am.

The event actually includes several races: the full marathon, a half-marathon, a kids marathon, a 5K run plus walking and biking events.

The marathon website has detailed information and schedules.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the marathon, including anticipated traffic adjustments. Below are excerpts.

The race begins Saturday at 7 a.m. at its usual location at the Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah, but finishes at a slightly different location, due to construction around the Gateway shopping mall. Finishers will cross the line on South Temple, instead, between 200 West and 300 West.

The Utah Transit Authority will make several adjustments to TRAX and bus service for the Salt Lake City Marathon on Saturday. UTA encourages marathon participants and supporters to avoid parking and congestion in the downtown area by riding public transit.

TRAX » UTA will run early trains and extra service to downtown and the University of Utah to serve race participants, volunteers and spectators.

Bus » Due to the number of road closures during the marathon, some UTA bus routes will be on detour, while others will experience a delayed service start.

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