Saturday, June 16, 2018
Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay – 7:30 a.m. (7 a.m. early walker start).
COBS Cinnamon Bun Run 8-Miler – 8:05 a.m. (no early walker start)
Children’s post-race fun events (11 & under) – through the morning in the finish line area, no registration required. Sack races, three-legged races, sprints)
START LINE: Oilfields Arena, 3rd St. SW, Black Diamond (MAP OF BLACK DIAMOND)
FINISH LINE: Millarville Racetrack – (map to find the Millarville Farmers’ Market/Racetrack) . Note Millarville Racetrack is NOT in the village of Millarville.
Check back here in Fall, 2017 for a 2018 registration link!!!
Not a runner? Not a problem!!! Join in the fun as one of our 180+ volunteers, pre-race or during race day. Contact Rick at email@example.com for details on how you could help on the race committee or with race package pickup, as a course marshal or in other tasks at the start line, on the course or at the Farmers’ Market finish line. Our volunteers receive a great “Race Crew” t-shirt and a coupon to use at the Farmers’ Market concession on race morning.
Half Marathon – Ages 12 and older
Half Marathon Relay – Ages 12 & older
COBS Cinnamon Bun Run – “Bunner” category – Ages 12 & over
COBS Cinnamon Bun Run – “Runner” category – Ages 12 & older
Kid’s Event – no pre-regisration. Just show up at the finish line!! Ages 11 and under
Our unique 2018 finishers medals will be hand-crafted by a Farmers’ Market artisan. The medals will have a satin, sublimated, branded Farmers’ Market neck lanyard attached, designed by a local volunteer.
In addition, each participant will receive a terrific, commemorative, tech t-shirt as well as Farmers’ Market and sponsor related swag in their race package. Design of the t-shirt will be courtesy of a local Millarville Farmers’ Market artist.
We have posted pictures of the 2017 shirts and medals at www.facebook.com/millarvillehalfmarathon . Make sure you “like” us to see timely updates.
Everyone asks so we’ll say it up front – yes, regardless of your event, you can stop and chow down on cinnamon buns along the courses and particularly at the finish line!!! It’s only the 8-Mile “Bunners” who HAVE to stop twice for cinnamon buns in order to qualify for prizing in their event. Optional for everyone else but what an option!!! Our friends at COBS Bread Okotoks gave away 1,600 cinnamon buns in 2017.
This is a beautiful, point-to-point course, starting in Black Diamond, heading south and then west through the beautiful Turner Valley golf course area, turning north on urban pathway that takes us into Turner Valley and then back towards Black Diamond. Finally, we’ll head out into the country, darting through breathtaking, big sky, prairie landscapes on Racetrack Road to finish at the Millarville Farmers’ Market as it opens for its 36th season.
The half marathon & relay course is here for a MAP link.
Aside from brief, 100 foot gravelled stretches at KM 7.2 and another brief, less-than-2/10ths-of- a-km stretch at the finish, this run is entirely on regular pavement or “soft” pavement and/or paved pathways. Traffic will be eliminated or restricted on about 18.8 KM of the course.
You may see deer bounding beside you, there may be elk in the vicinity and you’ll see cows and horses along the way for sure. And, of course, as far as we can see, this is the only longer distance race in North America finishing at a large, fun-filled Farmers’ Market.
Start line elevation in Black Diamond is 3,848 ft (1,173 metres). Highest point is 4,019 ft (1,225 metres) at KM 4.25 in the Turner Valley golf course area. Lowest point is the finish line at 3,819 ft (1,164 metres).
The terrain is undulating. The first 4 KM to the highest point is fairly pleasant but persistently uphill. From KM 6.3 in Turner Valley to about KM 14 out in the country, you’ll enjoy a steady downhill, with a couple of short but sharp uphill hiccups. At about KM 14, we have our version of “Hearthbreak Hill,” a 1.1 KM uphill gradient. When you get to the top of this challenge, take a look behind you as the views are gorgeous. From there, the final third of the course is rolling terrain through to about KM 19 and then downhill to flat into the finish line.
Two people use the registration process to enter as a Team.
The relay uses the regular half marathon course described above. First leg ends at a Relay Transition Station at KM 9 on the Friendship Pathway between Black Diamond and Turner Valley. The first runner crosses the timing mat (and grabs the car keys!!). Second runner takes off and finishes the final 12.1 KM to Millarville Racetrack.
The First Leg runner receives their unique, hand-made, kiln-fired, stoneware Relay Finishers Medal at the Relay Transition. The Second Leg Runner receives their medal at the Farmers Market finish line.
Make sure your Dynamic Duo has a PLAN for race morning. Click HERE for a map of Black Diamond. Oilfields Arena is clearly labeled. The area between “546” and “22” on the left is where the Relay Transition Station is. These two locations are about 1.2 KM apart, a roughly 15 minute walk, even though the first participant is running 9 KM. At about 7:15 a.m. and a little after 7:30 a.m., we will have individuals walking over there holding up “RELAY GUIDE” signs if you want to trail after them.
OUR SUGGESTION FOR A PLAN – 1) Park in Black Diamond on 4th St. SW (note the location on the map link), both of you walk a short distance to the start line. After the first runner takes off, the second runner walks 15 minutes to the relay area, crossing the Sheep River on a pedestrian bridge on Centre Ave (remember the COBS 8-Mile race is going to cross the same bridge as you at 8:05-8:10 a.m. You might be stopped for a few minutes to let that group pass if you’re lingering). In either case, the first runner, after finishing at KM 9, walks a few minutes to their car nearby, drives to Millarville Racetrack via Turner Valley/Highway 22/549 and watches the second runner finish the race. (Note that Millarville Racetrack is NOT in the village of Millarville. See THIS MAP for how to get to the Racetrack from Black Diamond).
One alternative, we will position a shuttle bus at the corner of Racetrack Road (402 Ave) and Riverford Road (160 St.), very close to the halfway relay transition. This bus will depart back to Millarville Racetrack at 9 a.m. One departure only. It will arrive at the Farmers’ Market about 9:25 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Runners/Walkers starting at 7:30 a.m. would have about 90 minutes to get to the relay transition area (about a 10 minute per km pace) and a few minutes more to hop on the bus.
Our opinion – swapping keys and driving yourself to the finish line probably gives you more flexibility versus the bus and a more timely arrival at the Farmers’ Market. Again, note Millarville Racetrack is NOT in the village of Millarville. Click on this map link .
If there are kids on your team, make sure you make the appropriate arrangements for an adult to meet them at the transition area or the finish line.
In any case, make your plans ahead of time. Don’t forget to pass over your car keys (!!!) or be aware of the bus departure time.
We will have some post-race food arrangements, as well as a finishers medal, for the first leg runner in the transition zone area.
At registration, enter the person running the 9 KM first, then the person running the 12.1 KM second. At package pickup, you’ll each get relay bibs and the timing chip is on the back of the bib.
At 8 miles, it’s an old-time, classic distance. You can blaze straight through as a registered “Runner” or you can be gastronomically challenged as an 8-Mile “Bunner.”
Those registering as “Bunners” will stop at MILE 3.4 on the race course, eat a delicious 200 calorie cinnamon bun courtesy of COBS Bread, Okotoks, get your bib marked by our volunteers, then set off to MILE 6.4 where you’ll do it again. Then it’s 1.6 miles to the finish line at Millarville Farmers’ Market!! Burp!!! You’ll be eligible for some special prizing at the finish line.
Those registering as 8-Mile “Runners” can nibble at cinnamon buns along the way if they want or they can just run/walk straight through. Just register as a regular “Runner.”
The COBS Cinnamon Bun Run 8-Miler starts at Oilfields High School in Black Diamond at 8:05 a.m., heading north on 3rd St. SW, west on 3rd Ave. SW, north on 5th St. SW, crossing Highway 22 and then crossing the Sheep River in the first 4/5ths of a mile. You will then merge with the remainder of the Half Marathon course at Racetrack Road, enjoying the same rural part of the course as the half marathoners and relayers and finish at the Farmers’ Market as well.
For 8-Milers, start line elevation is 1,173 metres (3,848 feet), highest point is 1,204 metres (3,950 feet) at roughly mile 4 or halfway. Finish line elevation is 1,164 metres (3,819 feet). For just under a mile out of the start line you’ll be enjoying flat or downhill terrain, then there’s a short but sharp hill followed by a long downhill stretch lasting about two miles. At roughly Mile 3.6, you’ll start a roughly half mile hill, our local “Heartbreak Hill,” which has some fabulous views at the top. From there, the terrain is undulating but heading lower to the finish line.
A map for the Cinnamon Bun Run 8 Miler course is at this link: MAP
A special thanks to Kelly Hodgins and Lee Hodgins of COBS Bread Okotoks for donating fresh cinnamon buns to our race morning. There were 1,400 buns eaten in 2015. No leftovers!!!
The half marathon & relay event has a 7 a.m. early walker start. The 8-Miler has no early walker start.
Time limit to walk the half marathon course is 3.5 hours, with the roadway opening to traffic again at 10:30 a.m. That’s a pace of roughly 10 minutes per kilometre for half marathoners. For 8-Milers, that’s a pace of about 18 minutes per mile or about 11 minutes per kilometre.
If you’re doing the half marathon at a pace faster than 8:30 per kilometre, we want you in the regular start. If you’re pacing slower than 8:30 per kilometre, you can use the walker start.
For early starters in Black Diamond, we’ll shoot the gun for you and point you in the right direction. Our preference is you’d be on the sidewalk for the first 1 KM heading south out of Black Diamond, and then on the left of the roadway as you proceed further.
At about 7:20 a.m. and before you get to the first aid station, the volunteer crew is activated.
At about 7:40 a.m. and at roughly 3 KM or 4 KM, the first running participant is going to rocket past you, followed by many hundreds more runners in short order. Please be courteous and stay to the side of the roadway or, if you’re on a pathway, proceed in single file to allow progress around you. Things will thin out in short order and then you’ll have the pathways/roads to yourself again.
At KM 9.3, half marathon walkers will be jumping onto Racetrack Road and you’ll probably see some 8-Mile walkers forming up around you as well.
At the Racetrack/Farmers’ Market finish line, Rowan House volunteers will host old-time country Fair kid’s events, like sprints, sack races and three-legged races. Pure fun for those 11 & under. No cost and no pre-registration required. Prizes!!! Activities start at approximately 9 a.m. Look for the Rowan House tent at the public finish line and they will have more information. In addition, the Priddis Fire Department will have one of their fire engines at the finish line, always great news for kids, and there will also be horses and riders of the Millarville 4-H club hovering around the finish area.
Bring the family to the finish line and the Farmers’ Market!!!
Half Marathon & COBS Cinnamon Bun Run participants can choose one of three means of getting around.
1) Park at the Millarville Racetrack, site of the Millarville Farmers’ Market, and take a shuttle bus to the start line in Black Diamond, then race back to your vehicle. About half of you indicate you will use this service. Departure times are roughly 6:15 a.m. , 6:20 a.m. 6:25 a.m. 6:30 a.m., 6:35 a.m., 6:40 a.m. , 7:05 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 7:20 a.m and 7:30 a.m. Ride to the start line is about 15-20 minutes. (Participants only). If you’re in the half marathon or relay, you’ll need to be on one of the earlier buses.
2) Park at the start line at Oilfields Arena in Black Diamond and, post-race from the Farmers’ Market, shuttle back to your vehicle. Post-Race shuttle departures from the Farmers’ Market start at 9 a.m. and leave every 30 minutes until 1 p.m. (Participants with bibs only.)
3) Have a friend drop you off at the start and pick you up at the finish.
For Relay participants, there will be a shuttle bus positioned near the Relay transition point at KM 9. This bus will have a single 9 a.m. departure back to Millarville Racetrack. Note it’s a roughly 10-15 minute walk from the relay point back to the start line. Relayers should note our comments above regarding having a “Plan” for race day.
There will be six water/AID stations along the half marathon/8-Miler routes. Gatorade and water will be available. On the half marathon route, Aid Stations will be located at approximately KM 3.2, KM 6.3, KM 9.1, KM 13.9, KM 15.3 and KM 18. For 8-Milers, you will see Aid Stations at approximately Mile 3.4, Mile 4.6 and Mile 6.4.
COBS Cinnamon Bun participants will encounter two Cinnamon Bun Stations, the first at approximately Mile 3.4 (KM 13.9 on the half marathon course) and the second at Mile 6.4 (KM 18 on the half marathon course). The Cinnamon Bun stations are not true Aid Stations but do have Aid Stations next to them.
There will be ample port-a-potties and indoor washroom facilities at the start line in Black Diamond. The Arena also has modern, indoor washroom facilities.
Port-A-Potties will be also be positioned at approximately KM 3.2, KM 6.3, KM 9.1, KM 13.9, KM 15.3, KM 18 and at the finish line. For the 8-Milers, these port-a-potties are at Mile 3.4, Mile 4.6 and Mile 6.4 on the course. In other words, if you’re eating a cinnamon bun, there will also be a washroom right there!!! The Farmers’ Market near the finish line also has port-a-potties and ample modern, indoor facilities.
There are public showers in the Washroom Building at the Racetrack, one for men and one for women.
Check a sweater or other items at our Gear Bag Drop at the start line in Black Diamond and we will transport your bag and have it ready for your pickup when you cross the finish line at the Farmers Market. Our Alliance Church ladies are borrowing a brand-new, never-used cargo trailer from Bar T-5 Agra Services to move your stuff around!!!
We would suggest Relay runners transport their own gear although the gear check is for everyone.
If you are an elite runner capable of winning the Millarville Farmers’ Half Marathon on either the men’s or women’s side, based on our course records noted below, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a comp registration. We are currently comping at 1:17 for males and 1:25 for females. We would like to see a fast field leading the way. Note our cash prize pool below.
A differential in start times will ensure elite Half Marathoners will have a roughly 7-10 minute lead over the best COBS Cinnamon Bun Run 8-Miler participants when the two runner streams merge on Racetrack Road for the final 11.8 KM of each event. The glory of crossing the Racetrack finish line first will likely go to the Half Marathoners!!!
Half Marathon Men – John Black, Calgary, 1:11:28:45 in 2015 (altered course)
Half Marathon Men – Nathan Kendrick, Calgary, 1:13:13:20 in 2014 (current course)
Half Marathon Women – Melissa Kendrick, Calgary 1:21:46 in 2012
8-Mile “Runner” Men – Derek Campbell, Calgary, 48:43:31 in 2016
8-Mile “Runner” Women – Ella Hnatyshyn, Calgary, 58:30:11 in 2016
8-Mile “Bunner” – Men – Andrew Drobeck, Missoula, Montana, 47:32:36 in 2016
8-Mile “Bunner” – Women – Annie Ayano Hird, Calgary, 58:39:59 in 2016
Half Marathon Two Person Relay – Double D (Dawn Ladds-Bond/Don Bambury), 1:23:57:25 in 2015
For the full Half Marathon, first, second and third place overall males and females in the Half Marathon will sponsor prizes. A Male or Female setting a new course record in their categories will receive a $150 bonus.
Male & Female Division winners for 12-14 years of age, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and older in the half marathon will receive sponsor gifts as prizes.
In the Half Marathon Relay, first, second and third place teams OVERALL will receive sponsor prizes.
In the COBS Cinnamon Bun Run, first, second and third place “Bunners” and “Runners in each of the male and female categories will receive sponsor prizes. We will give a $75 prize if the first place “Bunner” in each of the men and women category, stopping twice to eat cinnamon buns along the way, can beat the first place “Runner” in their category This has happened three times on the men’s side and once on the women’s side. We’d love to see it again!!!
We will also have random sponsor draw prizes covering the entire race event participants as well as volunters.
Net proceeds from the event benefit the agriculture-related programming and facility improvements of the non-profit Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society, which has been using the Racetrack grounds since 1905. The MRAS and its facilities are an important part of the fabric of our rural community, hosting more than two dozen local user groups, primarily youth-related, while being supported by over 300 members and more than 500 local volunteers. Over 110,000 visitors frequent the Racetrack in a typical year.
Our running events support local agricultural producers through raised awareness of our Millarville Farmers’ Market, southern Alberta’s oldest and largest outdoor Market, as well as helping promote Health & Wellness, Community Building and Volunteerism within our rural area.
To remain relevent in our rural community for the next 100 years, the current financial priorities of the MRAS centre around on-site capital improvements to our well-used facilities. Visit www.millarvilleracetrack.com for a wider look at our Ag Society.
The Millarville “Run To The Farmers’ Market” Half Marathon is proud to partner with a number of local, third party registered charities in our “Run 4 A Cause” program. Make your hard work on race day meaningful by joining one of our partnering charity teams and assisting their fundraising efforts. Check out our “Run 4 A Cause” page for more details about the program and the charities we are working with. Your efforts on race day can make a large difference in your community.
Visit our Sponsorship/donation page to learn more about partnering with our event and benefiting from the awareness opportunites we can offer. In addition to the half marathon events, we can discuss broadening the approach to include other Ag Society events on a year-round basis as well. The Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society has more than 110,000 visitors in a typical year. Contact Rick Charlton at 403-931-3411 or email@example.com regarding sponsorships and donations.
RacePro Timing (Randy & Sue Moroz) will provide timing services for our events. See “Post Race” in our main menu for earlier results.
The race course will re-open to traffic at 10:30 a.m. for all events. For the Half Marathon & Relay, the pace needed to finish within the time limit is just under 10 minutes per kilometer. For the COBS Cinnamon Bun Run, the pace needed to finish within the time limit is 18 minutes per mile, which doesn’t include your brave bun-eating pauses along the way. (If it helps, your race director tested things out, ate three cinammon buns over a 10 mile run, stopping an average of 2:30 minutes to eat each of the single buns).
Any participants in any event remaining on the route after the course re-opens to traffic will be offered a ride to the finish area or, if declining, advised they will be unsupported by the race structure going forward. We’d ask that you remain on the left of the roadway and to obey all traffic laws. And yes, we’ll be waiting for you at the finish regardless.
The average high temperature for the area on June 16 for the last 15 years has been 19.1 Celcius.
The average low temperature for the area on June 16 the last 15 years is 7.2 Celcius.
Out of 15 years of data for June 16, there were three days with measurable precipitation.
In the event of foul weather, Oilfields Arena in Black Diamond at the start line and Racetrack Hall at the finish line will serve as warm shelters.
At the Millarville Racetrack finish area, we will have ample signage and a team of volunteers directing you to parking and to pre-race shuttle buses (participants only on the buses).
At the start area, while there is parking behind Oilfields Arena, we would suggest you can better avoid traffic and congestion by looking at the ample street parking surrounding the Arena, the high school and the elementary school, then take a few minutes to walk over to the start area at the Arena. Please respect resident driveways when you park.
Those viewing the course maps will no doubt notice a quirk of geography, that KM 9.2 of the route is only a 1.3 KM walk – about 10-15 minutes walking – from the start area and is a good spot for viewing and cheerleading as Half Marathon & Relay runners exit the Friendship pathway between Turner Valley and Black Diamond. KM 9 is also the transition area for the Half Marathon relay. PARKING WILL BE VERY LIMITED IN THIS AREA. Please park in Black Diamond and walk a short, few minutes across the bridge. If you are walking, note the COBS Cinnamon Bun Run participants will be using the same bridge at approximately 8:07 a.m. to 8:28 a.m. Please move to the side if this charging horde is bearing down you.
We would ask those driving to the Farmers Market after the starting gun to do so via Turner Valley/Highway 22 and then Highway 549. Note that Racetrack Road, the most direct route to Millarville Racetrack, will be closing a few minutes before 8 a.m. for the purposes of the race. There will also be no access to Racetrack Road via Riverford Road/338 Ave. Those finishing the first leg of the Half Marathon relay should also go through Turner Valley to meet their teammate at the Finish Line.
Note as well this is a normal Millarville Farmers’ Market day, drawing another 2,000-2,500 people unrelated to the race events to our Racetrack facilities. For your legions of fans, friends and relatives meeting you at the Finish Line, this will mean that AFTER 8:30 a.m., our Farmers’ Market gate charges $3 per vehicle, proceeds split between our non-profit Agricultural Society and the charitable volunteer groups manning our gate.
Lastly, as indicated above earlier, Millarville Racetrack is NOT in the village of Millarville. Here’s a MAP LINK!!!
Runners going backwards, animals, bicycles, baby joggers and roller skates are all prohibited for the safety of the runners around you. No wheeled vehicles are allowed.
Portable music is allowed but must be kept at low volume so the participant can hear approaching traffic as well as verbal instructions from law enforcement, volunteers and warnings from your fellow participants. A best practice is to have a bud in one ear while leaving the other ear free to hear what’s going on around you. If you are found to have created a dangerous situation through use of earphones/earbuds, the race committee reserves the right to disqualify you from results.
While much of the course is closed to vehicle traffic, that does not mean there is zero traffic as local residents living within the perimeter can still move around. In addition, emergency vehicles may need access to our course roadways. Participants must be alert to their surroundings and responsive to traffic that needs to move through the field. Your safety is our primary concern.
Disqualification will result if any participant steals a horse and rides it to the finish line. Yes, this has come up with some participants hopping fences and approaching horses. For your own safety, do not enter a field with a horse you don’t know. They can be mean and they bite hard when you’re not looking!!! If you’re keen to say hello to a horse, go into the ditch, grab a handful of grass, go up to the fence and call them over, waving the grass, with the fence between you and them. They might come over and say hello if they’re willing. Also, it’s not a good idea to put yourself into a field with cows either. They might run away . . . . or they might run right at you. They’re moody!!! So are the ranchers. Stay on the road.
Cinnamon Bun Run participants are not required to cross the finish line with all of the cinnamon buns they had consumed earlier on the 8-Miler course. Use the port-a-potties please.
There will be no refunds of entry fees due to reasons of injury, changes in your scheduling, etc. This is a common policy for most events as we are typically undertaking considerable expenses leading into race day. Entry fees will be considered a donation to our non-profit Agricultural Society, its programming and infrastructure improvements.
If you can’t make the event for some reason and have found someone else to use your bib, please inform us of the new registrant information at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need name, address, including postal, e-mail, phone, birthdate and preferred shirt size. We will use our administrative superpowers to ensure the bib information is updated in the system. Our primary interest is making sure we know who is on the course in case an emergency situation should arise as well as for accurate prizing if applicable. You and the person using your bib could be prohibited from participating in the future if we detect this happening. Takes just a minute to send us an email and keep us in the loop. We’re not mean like horses. That’s all we ask.
There can be considerable expenses incurred by our non-profit Agricultural Society in setting up a race event. As cancellation will typically occur at the last moment, there will be no refunds where the event has to be cancelled due to an “Act Of God.” This would be defined as the occurrence of extreme weather – persistent lightning through the morning as an example -which represents a danger to the particpants/volunteers OR leads to an impassable roadway which is impossible to route around. Post-catastrophic event, we will weigh the situation relative to our expenses and look at either a re-schedule and or a discount policy for the next year.
Black Diamond Hotel is a few blocks from the start line. Okotoks is a 20 minute drive from the start and finish lines and has modern hotel accommodations. South Calgary and High River, with modern hotel accommodation, are about 35 minutes drive from the start line and finish line.
The Rotary campground in Black Diamond is a few blocks from the start line. Millarville Racetrack, the finish line, has primitive camping with access to a washroom/shower building. Turner Valley, a few minutes drive from the start line and Kananaskis Country, about 30 minutes drive from the start line, have camping facilities. High River has a campground about 35 minutes from the start line.
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Although the half marathon organization is doing its best to lessen any impact on our community, we expect some impact on traffic on race morning. We will be holding resident awareness Open Houses in Turner Valley and at MRAS before the race and advertising our intents in local media and on this website. We encourage you to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
In Black Diamond, we will be making some noise in the early morning, between 6 a.m. and 8:05 a.m., in the area of Oilfields Arena/Oilfields High School., specifically along 3rd St. SW fronting the Arena. This area will be very crowded with about 1,100 participants, particularly between 6:30 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. At 7:30 a.m., about 550 participants will leave, heading south on 3rd St. SW and exiting Black Diamond at MD Foothills 418 Ave (the golf course road). In addition, at 8:05 a.m., another group of participants will leave Oilfields Arena via 3rd St. SW, 3rd Ave, SW and exit the town on 5 St. SW. Professional traffic control will be in operation on Highway 22 from about 8:07 a.m. to about 8:15 a.m. After 8:10 a.m., our event will be packing up and leaving town, although occasional shuttle buses will continue to come from the Racetrack through until about 2 p.m. Through direct e-mail contact with participants, we are asking them to respect resident driveways when parking in Black Diamond. For the most part, Racetrack Road will be inaccessible through the morning (see note below) and travel through Turner Valley will be problematic between 7:45 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.
In Turner Valley, about 550 participants will be heading west on Imperial Way, past the golf course clubhouse and continuing through to Imperial/Decalta. From the Vista Condo’s through to Decalta/Imperial, there will be traffic cones down the middle of the roadway. Participants will be on the right (north) side of this corridor. Vehicles exiting the condo complex can do so on the left (south) of the coned corridor. A Town of Turner Valley bylaw officer will be at the corner of Decalta/Imperial, preventing entrance to Imperial. At Imperial/Decalta, participants will jump on the urban pathway and head to Main St. S/Decalta. At this corner, they will proceed through the 4-Way Stop within a coned corridor on the east (rght) side of the roadway. There will be professional traffic control at the 4-Way Stop. Participants will enter the Sheep River Library parking lot and head towards Black Diamond on the Friendship Pathway.
The pathway will be congested with west to east runner flow between about 7:55 a.m. to about 8:25 a.m., diminishing sharply thereafter.
MD Foothills police, by order of MD Foothills council, will enforce a “rolling closure”of Racetrack Road between approximately 7:50 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.. This is for the safety of the approximately 1,000 pedestrian participants expected on the roadway.
Racetrack Road will be sealed to external traffic at approximately 7:50 a.m. Barricades and police will be at 402 Ave/Riverford Road and slightly south of the entrance of Millarville Racetrack on 192 St. Additionally, there will be barricades at 338 Ave./Riverford Road and 338 Ave. 176 St. to prevent access to Racetrack via 338 Ave.
With a “rolling closure,” MD Police will re-open the roadway behind the last participant as they head towards Millarville Racetrack. The last participant is likely at the corner of 176 St. and 402 Ave at about 8:50 a.m. Last participant is likely at 370 Ave and 176 St. at about 9:45 a.m. The last participant is likely at 176 St. and 338 Ave. at about 10:10 a.m. The last participant is likely at 338 Ave. and 192 St. at about 10:30 a.m. Regardless, the roadway re-opens along its length at 10:30 a.m. Watch for straggler pedestrians still on the roadway.
If you are a local resident inside the perimeter, there is nothing stopping you from driving and exiting the perimeter throughout this period. Note, however, once you’ve left the perimeter, you will not be permitted to return until police allow it or after 10:30 a.m. If you are going for a drive, keep the safety of the participants in mind at all times and proceed slowly. The participants will be told in advance that you have right of way and you are permitted to proceed.
As a general thought, from 7:50 a.m. onward, your best bet for leaving the Racetrack Road perimeter is to go to Highway 549 AND/OR seek the earliest exit such as 338th Ave going to Riverford Road. Basically, try to avoid the humanity by using some of the side exits before the participants get there.
The areas impacted by our race will be for fairly short durations and in the early morning. We ask for your help in protecting the safety of the participants. Plan ahead for your best routes to your home or business.