Prepare for widespread road closures Sunday

Victoria Marathon will affect traffic in many Victoria neighborhoods

  • Oct. 11, 2014 7:00 p.m.

The Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon being held Sunday (Oct. 12) will cause widespread closures in many parts of Victoria.

The 42.2-kilometre marathon route will start in downtown Victoria on Menzies Street and wind through the downtown core into James Bay and Beacon Hill Park, along Dallas Road 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 streets will be closed between 7:25 to 7:45 a.m. and 8:40 to 9:00 a.m. Johnson Street will be closed from Wharf to Cook between 7:35 to 8:15 a.m. and 8:50 to 9:10 a.m.

All traffic will have full access north of Humboldt, west of Cook following the last runner at approximately 9:30 a.m. to access Douglas Street and Blanshard and escape north out of Victoria.

No traffic will be permitted on Dallas Road between 7:15 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The police will be opening the course as soon as it is safe for participants and allow cars on the route.

Police will allow some traffic to travel across the race route when it is safe.

The Thrifty Foods Kids Run will use Menzies (from Kingston to Superior) and Superior (from Menzies to Montreal); these roads will be closed to traffic and parking from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Montreal Street (from Superior to Kingston) and Kingston (from Montreal to Menzies) will be closed from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

More information on road closures, escape routes and parking can be viewed online at runvictoriamarathon.com/weekend/roadclosures.php