Numerous road closures are scheduled for much of the day Sunday as thousands of runners attempt 26.2 or 13.1 miles in the San Luis Obispo Marathon and Half Marathon.
The fourth annual race starts early Sunday in downtown San Luis Obispo, taking runners and walkers on a course through the city and into Edna Valley.
The entire course roads will be closed to all vehicles, with the exception of emergency vehicles and those used by marathon staff, residents with proof of identification and special-needs citizens, according to a news release from race organizers.
Most road closures around downtown start about 3 a.m.; closures on Orcutt Road heading to Edna Valley start at 5 a.m. Many of the downtown streets will reopen to traffic by 7:30 or 8 a.m.
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Exceptions include Osos, Islay, High and Archer streets: Portions of those streets will be closed from 3 a.m. to about 2 p.m. The Marsh Street on- and off-ramps at Highway 101 will be closed from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“No parking” signs will be posted, and vehicles will be towed if left beyond the closure time. Learn more at www.slomarathon.com/the-races/road-closures.
The public is also invited to the finish line and SLO Life Expo at the Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo.
Big Sur marathon
The Big Sur International Marathon will also be held Sunday along Highway 1. The race starts in Big Sur and ends at Rio Road in Carmel.
Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 6 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. from the Big Sur Post Office to Rio Road, according to a news release from Caltrans.
While the southbound lane is closed for the race, the CHP will use the northbound lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during this time. Drivers traveling in both directions should expect delays of up to two hours.