[Source: Valley Metro]
Service disruption, but connection between race start and finish remains
Bus routes and light rail service in Phoenix will be affected when the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon rolls into town on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. Several bus routes will be detoured to allow for the event.
Both full and half marathons will start at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, near Washington Street and 14th Avenue in Phoenix and will finish on Packard Drive between ASU’s Sun Devil and Sun Angel Stadiums in Tempe. All roadways surrounding the Arizona State Capitol area will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 a.m.
Over 30,000 runners are expected to run the race through the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The race routes will be lined with live bands, volunteers, and spectators.
The event significantly impacts the area east of 7th Avenue and south of Camelback Road. Bus riders are strongly advised to call customer service at 602-253-5000 for any route detour updates or check schedules online. Also, it is highly recommended that bus and rail passengers give themselves extra time to reach their destinations. Bus service in Phoenix will be disrupted starting with race preparations at 4 a.m. and continuing during the race until approximately 1 p.m.
List of Phoenix bus routes severely affected by the detours:
- Route 17-McDowell Rd.
- Route 29-Thomas Rd.
- Route 41-Indian School Rd.
- Route 44-44th Street/Tatum will terminate at Shea Blvd until 44th Street is reopened.
- Route 50-Camelback
List of other Phoenix bus routes affected by the detours:
- Route 0-Central Ave.
- Route 1-Washington/Jefferson
- Route 3-Van Buren St.
- Route 7-7th Street
- Route 8-7th Avenue
- Route 10-Roosevelt/Grant
- Route 12-12th Street
- Route 13-Buckeye
- Route 15-15th Avenue
- Route 16-16th Street
- Route 19-19th Avenue
- Route 39-40th Street
- Route 60-Bethany Home
- Route 70-Glendale/24th Street
METRO light rail will not provide morning service to stations north of McDowell Rd. The following stations will be without service until approximately 10 a.m., or until the race has cleared:
- Encanto/Central Avenue
- Thomas/Central Avenue
- Osborn/ Central Avenue
- Indian School/Central Avenue
- Campbell/Central Avenue
- Central Avenue/Camelback
- 7th Avenue/ Camelback Road
- 19th Avenue/Camelback Road
- Montebello/19th Avenue
METRO will provide service to the rest of the line – McDowell/Central Avenue through Sycamore/Main Street – beginning at 5 a.m. METRO will offer 15 minute service before and during the race when traditional Sunday frequency is every 20 minutes. Additional trains will be deployed based on the demand at the race finish area in Tempe. The entire line will re-open once police have indicated the marathon has cleared and it is safe to proceed, approximately 10 a.m.
For more detailed information about the marathon detours, please visit http://www.ValleyMetro.org or call customer service at 602-253-5000, or follow @phoenixmetrobus and/or @MetroRail on Twitter.
The training is over and the carbohydrate loading begins ahead of the 2011 PF Chang’s Rock N’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon.
More than 30,000 runners from every state and several foreign countries will set off on either a 26.2-mile or a 13.1-mile run. The route snakes its way from downtown Phoenix through Scottsdale and ends at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
“It’s running for a reason,” said marathon spokeswoman Rachelle Bergland. “It’s not just the running, you have another reason to go.”
In fact there are 13 charitable reasons to run. Valley charities have recruited runners for the big race.
They’re also benefiting from another event, the Mayor’s Run. Hosted by Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, he and 300 runners have raised $574,000 for those charities in just five years.
“Sure, we get a lot of weight loss, but it’s about committment,” said Hallman. “You commit to support a cause and raise money for these charities.”
One participant has lost 60 pounds training for the race, another lost 240 pounds throughout the whole process.
Registration for the PF Chang’s Marathon continues through Saturday at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center. Registration is $145.00 for the full and half marathon.
[Source: Dana Caporaso, ABC News 15] — More than 30,000 runners from around the world laced up their shoes for the Valley’s seventh annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. From professional runners to part-time joggers, kids to adults, the contestants say completing the marathon is like nothing else. “The satisfaction that I completed something that a lot of people didn’t do, I guess I got up and did it and that feels good,” says contestant Alison Lopez.
Hassan Shariff says this wasn’t his first time running the marathon. “I’ve done it once before and I really want to finish it today. My real focus is I just want to do it again and maybe at a better time,” said Shariff.
The P.F. Chang’s Marathon is the largest single day marathon and half marathon in the United States. The course started in downtown Phoenix and ended up in Tempe. [Note: To read the full article, visit Nation’s largest single-day marathon starts in downtown Phoenix.]