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Thousands of runners are coming to Provo for the Utah Valley Marathon on Saturday, June 10, 2017. They are sure to bring passion, power and positive impact with them.
The Utah Valley Marathon, one of the fastest spring marathons around, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and one of the most beautiful runs. Mountains, lush farmland, cascading waterfalls, the rushing Provo River, Deer Creek Reservoir and national parks surround the runners on every turn. It’s a great event for them. It’s a great event for us.
We anticipate this premier race will bring over 8,000 runners and visitors to Provo. 27% of the runners signed up for the marathon are from out-of-state. Those racers and families fill our hotel rooms, eat at our restaurants and shop at our retails stores. It’s estimated that this race alone will bring 1.7 million dollars into our local economy.
The race will finish in our Historic Downtown which is a symbol of all the hard work we’ve put into that vital area of the City. It’s no wonder downtown is recognized on a national level and receives such high rankings. Let’s welcome them with big smiles and open arms and watch for them from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
Participants will be running on roads from the mouth of Provo Canyon on University Avenue to 300 South. We want them to be safe so some driving pattern adjustments will need to be made on that day. Please take note of the following road closures and recommended routes:
- University Avenue will be closed during the time of the event from 6:00 AM to about 2:00 PM.
- If you need to get across University Avenue, please do so on 300 South.
- After 10 a.m., the only other crossing opportunities will be at: 4800 North, 3700 North, University Parkway, Bulldog Boulevard. Expect significant delays if crossing at these areas during this time.
- Provo Canyon will be down to one lane as the second lane will be designated to runners.
- Expect major delays as the right-of-way will go to the nearly 8,000 runners.
We can all work together and get the word out about these road closures and delays and hopefully alleviate any unnecessary stress. Get more detailed information about the marathon here: utahvalleymarathon.com.