Ann Arbor marathon set to take place in June
What's believed to be Ann Arbor's first-ever marathon is set to happen on June 17, and money raised from the event will support local schools.
The Ann Arbor City Council took action Tuesday night to support closing several streets for the event, which takes place on a Sunday and winds throughout the city.
The race is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. and end by 1 p.m. with setup and street closures starting at 6 a.m.
The event has support from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, Ann Arbor Main Street BIZ and the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The marathon has a registration limit of 2,500 participants, while a corresponding half-marathon has a cap of 5,000 runners.
According to the plan approved by the city, marathoners will start on Main Street at Keech Avenue and head north toward downtown, turn right on Liberty Street, right on State Street, left on North University to the crosswalk by the bus station there, left to a pedestrian bridge, right on Observatory, left on Geddes and north on Huron Parkway to Plymouth Road.
From there, they'll turn around and head back south, turning right on Hubbard and left on Hayward toward Murfin Avenue before turning around and heading back east, turning right on Hubbard, right on Huron Parkway, right on Fuller Road, left into Gallup Park and then proceeding over a wooden bridge and turning left onto a trail heading east.
After continuing under the Huron Parkway bridge, runners will turn around on Gallup Park Road and head back west back under the Huron Parkway bridge and over a wooden bridge to Fuller Road. They'll head left on Fuller Road, left on Fuller Court behind the VA Hospital, left on Fuller Road again, left on East Medical Center Drive and then left on Nichols Drive to pass through Nichols Arboretum to the Ronald McDonald House and Washington Heights.
From there, they'll go left on the sidewalk along Observatory and back across the Central Campus Recreation Building bridge, turning left on North University and right on Washtenaw to Stadium Boulevard before turning around and heading back to South University.
After taking a left on South University, they'll turn left on State, left on Granger, right on Park Place, right on Henry, left on State, right on Eisenhower to Briarwood Mall, left on Market Place, right on Mall Drive, left on Briarwood Circle, left on Mall Drive, left on Marketplace, left on Eisenhower, right on South Main to the Main Street/Ann Arbor-Saline Road intersection, and then right on Main to Huron Street before turning around and heading back to Madison.
From there, they'll go left on Madison and right on Fifth Avenue to end up on the 50-yard line at Elbel Field, completing their 26-mile journey.
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