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Getting around during the Servus Edmonton Marathon

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Getting around during the Servus Edmonton Marathon

On Sunday, August 21, thousands of competitors from here and abroad will take to city streets for the 2022 Servus Edmonton Marathon. Celebrating its 31st year, the marathon will wind through a number of historic neighbourhoods and past Edmonton’s scenic River Valley. The race is a 2023 Boston Marathon qualifier.

Road closures and traffic delays

The race route starts and finishes at the Edmonton Convention Centre, located at 9797 Jasper Avenue. The following road closures will be in effect:

Saturday, August 20 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 21 at 8 p.m.:
Full closure of Jasper Avenue, from 97 Street to 99 Street
Sunday, August 21, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Full closure of 97 Street, from Jasper Avenue to 101A Avenue
Full closure of Jasper Avenue, from 95 Street to 111 Street
102 Avenue, from 111 Street to 142 Street
102 Avenue bike lane will remain open, however cyclists are required to yield to runners.

Expect major traffic delays during these times. Please plan ahead, as driving across the race course could take up to an hour.

See the Special Event Road Closure Map, or the Current Traffic Disruptions Map for further details.

Crossing the route

Expect major traffic delays crossing the race route:

Jasper Avenue, from 95 Street to 111 Street
102 Avenue, from 112 Street to 138 Street
Buena Vista Road at 140 Street

Please note: The longest travel delays will be experienced between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for those crossing the route at Jasper Avenue, between 95 Street and 111 Street, particularly at 100 Street, 101 Street, 105 Street and 109 Street.

Course marshals and police officers will be stationed at intersections to assist with traffic crossings when a break in the runners safely allows, however, this may take up to an hour.

Suggested alternate routes of travel

To detour around the race route, use 104 Avenue, 107 Avenue, River Valley Road, Groat Road or 75 Street/Wayne Gretzky Drive.

To detour around Buena Vista Road at 140 Street for access to Valley Zoo, Laurier Park and Buena Vista Park follow detour signage. (Zoo Detour Map)

Neighbourhood access

Many areas of the race route will allow local access only. Please plan ahead and expect delays.

Impacts to downtown neighbourhoods east of the Edmonton Convention Centre will end by 10:30 a.m. when roads will reopen. Impacts to downtown neighbourhoods west of the Edmonton Convention Centre will end by 4 p.m.

Residential streets in the neighbourhoods of Virginia Park, Bellevue, Highlands, Beverly Heights, Rundle Heights, Glenora, Crestwood, Parkview and Laurier Heights will be impacted. Residents are asked not to park on the route and to follow directions from race course marshals.


Parking restrictions on the event route will be in effect. Please obey all posted signs. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

Access to a number of parking facilities will be impacted from Saturday, August 20 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 21 at 4 p.m. Parking facilities impacted include:

Canada Place East and West Parkades
Stanley A. Milner Library Parkade
Sun Life Parkade
KRP Tower
Diamond and Impark lots on 99 Street, south of Jasper Avenue
Double Tree by Hilton
Surface lots along 101A Avenue, from 96 Street to 97 Street

Edmonton Transit Service detours

All downtown routes will be detoured and some bus stops will be closed during the marathon:

Saturday, August 20, all day: Routes 2, 5, 111 and 900X
Sunday, August 21:
4 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Routes 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 510X, 523, 701, 900X, 901 and 902
5 – 10:30 a.m.: Route 101
6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Route 2
3:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Routes 2, 5, 111 and 900X

ETS riders are encouraged to plan ahead and leave extra travel time. Regular fares apply.

For marathon event information, visit edmontonmarathon.ca. View the interactive route map at racepoint.ca/maps/edmonton.html.


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