Road closures, RTD delays for Colfax Marathon

5:51 AM, May 19, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The Colfax Marathon celebrates a vibrant street and encourages healthy and fit communities.

The marathon is 26.2 miles with an epic run through Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium - seven miles of water - including Sloan's Lake, The Platte and Cherry Creek. Enjoy the majestic Colorado views, plus Colfax Avenue, eclectic neighborhoods, downtown, parks and amazing views.

Due to the race, the marathon will have full and partial closures of westbound and eastbound Colfax Avenue from Aurora to Lakewood starting as early as 3 a.m. Sunday and ending as late as 1 p.m.

Roads that cross Colfax and 17th avenues could experience significant delays.The easiest places to cross Colfax Avenue will be at Interstate 25, Federal Boulevard and Interstate 225.

Users of RTD Lightrail and bus service should also expect some delays for certain routes. If you're taking public transportation to the Metropolitan State University graduation Sunday morning allow extra time to get there. 

The following routes will be temporarily detoured in many areas, but will be allowed to cross the marathon route when possible: 0, 1, 6, 9, 10, 12, 15, 15L, 16, 20, 24, 28, 30, 38, 40, 44, 48, 51, 65, 73, 76, 83L. Light rail lines D and H may also experience delays. Signs will be posted at bus stops affected by the detours. More information can be found here

Drivers are urged to avoid Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue all together. Crossing intersections along Colfax will be allowed on a very limited basis when safety allows and only at intersections with uniformed police officers. Eastbound Colfax Avenue will be open from Denver's City Park west to Quitman Street and from Colorado Boulevard east to Ursula Street.Westbound Colfax will be closed from Havana Street in Aurora to Garrison Street in Lakewood in certain sections. As the race progresses from Denver's City Park to Aurora and Lakewood simultaneously, streets will open to normal traffic as rapidly as possible.

To enhance public safety at the Colfax Marathon, law enforcement strongly requests that there be no backpacks, large purses, briefcases, diaper bags, camera bags, shopping bags, coolers, unattended strollers or other opaque packages along the marathon route. Unless these items are essential for your health, please do not carry them within one block of the marathon route.

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