Upcoming marathon to affect traffic in canyon, city

Upcoming marathon to affect traffic in canyon, city
Posted on 09/05/2014

The Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half will take place on Sept. 13. The race has the potential to heavily impact traffic in Big Cottonwood Canyon and along Wasatch and Fort Union Boulevards on the morning of the race. Please be aware of the following information, and plan alternate routes ahead of time if needed.


The marathon is being staged at Brighton Resort and the half marathon is being staged at Spruces Campground. Runners will be in the canyon from approximately 7 a.m. to noon. During that time, the westbound lane will be reserved for runners and a pilot car system will be used to coordinate traffic flow up and down the canyon in the eastbound lane.

Once runners leave the canyon, they will run westbound on Fort Union Boulevard to the finish venue between 1300 East and Union Park Avenue. Because the course runs through the city, several road closures will be in place during the event.

  • Wasatch Boulevard will be closed between Fort Union Boulevard and 6200 South. All Wasatch traffic will be diverted to I-215 or Union Park Avenue for north-south travel.
  • Old Wasatch Boulevard will be closed between 6200 South and Oakcliff Drive.
  • Most of Fort Union Boulevard will be open for east-west travel during the event, but lane restrictions will be in place to accommodate runners.
  • Fort Union Boulevard will be closed between 1300 East and Union Park Avenue from 12 a.m. on the day of the race until the conclusion of the event.
  • Northbound and southbound traffic will not be allowed to cross Fort Union Boulevard between Wasatch Boulevard and Union Park Avenue from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As the final runners pass through the course, streets will reopen progressively along the route.

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