OT - Auto Traffic and Ann Arbor Marathon

Submitted by BlueFordSoftTop on March 28th, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Consider this post a public service announcement for those of you living the good life in God's Country.  The Ann Arbor Marathon and related races will be held this Sunday beginning just before 8 a.m. and persisting until nearly 5 p.m.
The course spans the entire town from the athletic campus to the river.  Sunday drivers should plan their vehicular activities accordingly, such as by staying at home or abandoning town altogether.  Or you can daydream about your favorite university during the anticipated road delays.
And that fat guy in back humping the asphalt will likely be me, try to look away.  That is all.



March 28th, 2014 at 12:49 PM ^

Thanks for the reminder. It was a bit of a pain trying to make my commute to work last year with the marathon.

Is this your first?


March 28th, 2014 at 1:04 PM ^

Under its FAQs the race website lists estimated peak obstruction times.  Be mindful those represent mere projections and there is an after-party, so I expect there will be pockets of obstruction until after 4 p.m. as runners attempt to flee the scene of their crime/achievement (depends on your perspective).

Bergs, I haven't been training since 2009 but I have finished 40+ full marathons and dropped from another dozen or so, for example, the Chicago Marathon half-way point coincides with my home almost perfectly and in recent years that's as far as I have bothered.  Still undecided how far to take this one but it should be fun.

Good luck, drivers and busybodies.


March 28th, 2014 at 1:20 PM ^

Those are some impressive numbers. My mom has run a similar number of marathons and was the former race director for the Detroit Free Press Marathon so I probably know more about marathoning than I want to. Have you run the A2 before? I heard a lot of complaints about the course in its inaugural year. Not training for 4+ years and running a marathon seems risky (assuming you attempt to complete it). Good luck!


March 28th, 2014 at 3:39 PM ^

I think you must be running the Big House 5K, which is next week.  This weekend is the Ann Arbor Marathon. 

Packet pickup for the BH5K is at Crisler during the Spring Game.  Unless things have changed you don't need tickets to go to the Spring Game.  Just walk in and sit down.


March 28th, 2014 at 3:37 PM ^

I'll be running the half marathon this year.   They just sent out an email saying the Arb is now not part of the course since the trail is still covered in ice. 

I like the route for the half this year.  I don't think I would like the marathon though since you run it twice.  That would seem to really ratchet up the mental fatigue.  Please report back how it went!