Friday, May 20, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – Whether you’re running, cheering or simply travelling through the downtown this weekend, residents and visitors should plan ahead to avoid long waits and traffic tie-ups related to the 2016 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.
A number of streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking during the races on Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, including:
- Brunswick Street between Cogswell and Sackville streets, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday;
- Sackville Street between Brunswick and South Park streets, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday;
- Cogswell Street (inbound) between Robie and the Cogswell Street Roundabout, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday;
- Cogswell Street between Gottingen and Brunswick streets, from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday;
- Carmichael Street between Grafton and Brunswick streets, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday
- Prince Street (westbound) between Grafton and Brunswick streets, from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday
- Market Street between Carmichael and Prince streets, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Several other streets on the peninsula will experience rolling closures over the weekend, meaning police will allow traffic to pass through when race participants are not present.
To help reduce traffic and support marathon participants, Halifax Transit is pleased to offer free conventional bus and ferry service for those involved. Volunteers with credentials ride free Friday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again after 6 p.m.), as well as all day Saturday and Sunday. Also, participants with their run bib get a free ride on race days (Saturday and Sunday). This offer does not include Metro X, Access-a-bus, or MetroLink bus service.
A number of bus routes will be detoured during the races. For complete details, please visit Halifax Transit’s Service Disruptions page or contact 3-1-1.
Every year the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon brings out thousands of participants and spectators. Motorists are advised to drive carefully this weekend, keep an eye out for people on the streets and leave lots of extra travel time. The municipality and organizers regret any inconvenience these street closures and parking restrictions may cause.
For more information on the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, including the full schedule of events and run maps, please visit www.bluenosemarathon.com.