Saturday, October 17, 2009

Runners flock to P.E.I.

Runners flock to P.E.I.

More than 1,800 runners and walkers from across North America, and a few from around the world, are in P.E.I. this weekend to take part in the annual marathon.

"It is a Boston qualifier … and that's pretty exciting that we are, because we have people coming this weekend from every province in Canada, from 12 states and internationally," said Myrtle Jenkins Smith, one of the organizers.

"And last year, we were one of the highest, in the eastern region, number of qualifiers for Boston," she said.

There are several events on Saturday, but the main marathon takes place on Sunday.

The course is a little more than 42 kilometres, from the P.E.I. National Park to Charlottetown.

There is also a half marathon and 5K and 10K races.

There will be some traffic tie-ups on Sunday as runners make their way through the course, including one-way traffic in the National Park for a few hours during the morning and several road closures in Charlottetown throughout the day.

Don't forget about the city street closures on Sunday

The Guardian

Charlottetown police are advising the public of road closures for the Prince Edward Island Marathon, which will be held Sunday.

Grafton Street, from Queen to Church streets, and University Avenue, from Kirkwood Drive to Grafton Street, will be closed to traffic and parking from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grafton Street, from Church to Prince streets, will be closed from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Cyclists are asked to avoid Victoria Park's designated cycling lane between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on race day.

Charlottetown parks and recreation also reminds cyclists the designated cycling lane will reopen to vehicles on Sunday, Nov. 1.

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