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Marathon takes scenic route Sunday; traffic detoured

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Posted: November 4, 2010 9:09 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2010 8:56 a.m.

Hundreds of runners head down McBean Parkway as they head for the first turn onto Valencia Boulevard near the start of the 2009 Santa Clarita Marathon on Nov. 8. This year’s 26.2-mile run will start Sunday and offers a more scenic route than previous marathons, organizers said.

 

Getting around town is expected to be a bittersweet experience this weekend — sweet for runners in the 2010 Santa Clarita Marathon, and not so sweet for motorists coping with several road closures.

City officials, citing a “positive economic impact for the community” in terms of visitor dollars, plan to shut down more than half a dozen local roads Sunday between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. to accommodate runners.

More than 3,000 runners from more than 22 states and half a dozen counties are scheduled to descend on Santa Clarita Valley this weekend.

“Great care is taken to ease the impact on the community when the city’s Marathon Race Committee plans the route,” said marathon spokeswoman Alisha Celestine.

“And 80 percent of our route is on the city’s paseo trails.”

The good news for runners is that the current heat spell will pass, and the weather is expected to return to more seasonal temperatures.

“I’m thinking, if I were a runner, a good, mild day would be best,” Celestine said.

Also good news for runners, this year’s 26-mile route is more scenic than witnessed previous years, she added.

“They’re going to enjoy this,” Celestine said. “I think, because this is a really, really scenic run.”

In mapping out this year’s route, the Santa Clarita Marathon Race Committee opened up trails along the San Francisquito Creek in an effort to make it more attractive for runners and reduce the number of street closures for motorists.

The good news for drivers is that necessary road closures are expected to be “brief” and set up early in the day, Celestine said.

“Detours are easy to follow,” she added.

On Saturday, the day before the marathon, city officials are holding a prerace Health and Fitness Expo at the Hyatt Valencia from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vendors will be running health-related booths at the expo. It’s also the place marathon runners can pick up their race bibs and T-shirts.

Celestine is urging Santa Clarita residents to come out and cheer on the runners Sunday.

“It’s not every day that you see 3,000 runners going down the road,” she said.

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