34th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon traffic advisory

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October 7, 2013, VICTORIA, B.C., (ISN) – On Sunday, October 13, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon route will start in downtown Victoria on Menzies and wind through the downtown core into James Bay and Beacon Hill Park, along Dallas Rd to Gonzales Bay.

It will proceed into Fairfield, Oak Bay and Uplands before the turnaround. The route then returns the same way. There will be a loop at the Lawndale/Cowichan area that will be the turnaround point for the Half Marathon.

Some small residential roadways on the route will be closed for various periods of time. Anyone living in the area south of McNeill Avenue, east of Foul Bay Avenue and west of Oliver Street and need to cross the marathon route in their vehicle, may do so on Foul Bay Road at McNeill Avenue.

Following the start of the two main races – the Half Marathon at 7:30 a.m. and the Marathon at 8:45 am Menzies, Michigan, Government and Wharf will be closed between 7:25 – 7:55 am and 8:40 – 9:10 am Johnson will be closed from Wharf to Cook between 7:35 – 8:05 am and 8:50 – 9:20 am All traffic will have full access north of Humboldt, west of Cook following the last runner at approximately 9:30 am to access Douglas Street and Blanshard and escape north out of Victoria.

No traffic will be permitted on Dallas Rd. between 7:15 am and 2:00 pm. The police will be opening the course as soon as it is safe for participants and allow cars on the route. Please note that the early start Marathon is at 6:30 am – watch out for lead cyclists and runners.

Police will be allowing some traffic to travel across the race route when it is safe; however it is advised that vehicles be parked on a street not included on the Marathon route. Your vehicle will be towed from the roadway if it is affecting the running route.

The police will begin opening the roads as the participants finish the different sections of the course. At 2:30 pm all streets will be re-opened to traffic except for Belleville Street between Douglas and Menzies, and Government Street between Superior and Humboldt. These streets will re-open once finish line equipment has been taken down.

The Thrifty Foods Kids Run has a new route. The route will use Menzies (from Kingston to Superior) and Superior (from Menzies to Montreal); these roads will be closed to traffic and parking from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Montreal Street (from Superior to Kingston) and Kingston (from Montreal to Menzies) will be closed from 10:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

More information on road closures, escape routes and parking can be viewed on: