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Posted on Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 9 a.m.

Dexter-Ann Arbor Run to close several downtown streets

By Chelsea Hoedl

Several road closures and bus detours are scheduled Sunday throughout Ann Arbor during the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run.

The road race event will include a half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and a fun run for kids. Roads will be closed and open throughout the day as follows:

From 7:45 a.m. to noon on Sunday, the following streets will be closed:

  • Catherine Street from North Main Street to North Fourth Avenue
  • Miller Avenue from North Ashley Street to North Main Street
  • Beakes Street from North Main Street to North Fourth Avenue
  • Felch Street from North Ashley Street to North Main Street
  • Summit Street from Wildt Street to North Fourth Avenue
  • All of Huron View Boulevard

The following sections of Main Street will be closed on Sunday:

  • North Main Street from Miller/Catherine to Huron Street form 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • North Main Street from Kingsley Street to Miller from 7 a.m. to noon
  • Southbound lanes of North Main Street from Kingsley to Huron River Drive from 7 a.m. to noon (one northbound lane will be converted to southbound travel and vehicles exiting driveways will be able to back out when the road is clear)
  • M-14 off-ramp to southbound Main Street 7:30 a.m. to noon

Additional road closures include:

  • Ann Street from North Ashley Street to North Fourth Avenue from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Huron River Drive from 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Newport Road from Sunset Road to Bird Road from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Bird Road from 9 to 9:25 a.m.

The surface parking lot at Ann Street and North Main Street will be closed from 4 p.m. on Saturday through 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, AATA bus routes 2, 4, 9, and 12A will experience detours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Those planning to utilize those routes should plan for the following:

  • Route 2 from downtown will miss the Washington Street stop east of Fifth Avenue. The nearest stop will be Washington Street east of Division Street.
  • Route 4 to Ypsilanti will miss the Huron Street stop east of Fourth Avenue. The nearest stop will be Huron Street west of State Street. Route 4 also will miss the Huron Street stop west of Main Street. The nearest stop will be Huron Street west of First Street.
  • Route 9 from Blake Transit Center will miss the Huron Street stop west of Fourth Avenue. The nearest stop will be Huron Street west of First Street or the Blake Transit Center. Route 4 also will miss the Huron Street stop west of Main Street. The nearest stop will be Huron Street west of First Street.
  • Route 12A from Blake Transit Center will miss the Fourth Avenue stop north of Huron Street. The nearest stop will be the transit center. The Catherine Street stop also will be missed. The nearest stop is Miller Avenue west of Ashley Street.

The kid’s run will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday the 5K Run and Walk will be held at 9 a.m., the 10K Run and Walk at 8 a.m., and the Dexter Ann Arbor Half Marathon at 8:30 a.m. The course runs eastward from Dexter along the Huron River and ends in downtown Ann Arbor.

Chelsea Hoedl is an intern reporter for She can be reached at



Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:56 p.m.

Eh, just how does a small group of "running enthusiasts" get to close down our transportation infrastructure based on personal "enthusiasms"?? We have several fine running tracks which ARE available to runners. Why is it that this "tradition" of using NON-running facilities (our public roads) even exists?? Are we that short of "entertainment."?? The original Battle of Marathon happened 2390 years ago. The messenger, Pheidippides, ran about 26 miles from that plain to Athens so he could tell the Athenians of their victory over the forces of Darius I. What vital, joyous message do these runners bring us, other than, "Your Roads Closed For Us." ?? Nonsensical over-indulgence of a small but vocal minority. Save your wind for running on more appropriate tracks.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 6:48 p.m.

Perhaps another Big Mac picked up from the drive-thru will make you feel better.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 6 p.m.

You must have an amazingly large lawn, considering the huge number of kids you want to stay off of it.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

Yeah, and we should ban all parades, street festivals, and frankly anything else that inconveniences poor Tru2Blu76 for even one millisecond. Because he's important.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 4:27 p.m.

Dude, seriously? You think you can put 3000 people on a track and have them run 13.1 miles?


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

"... small but vocal..." Amen, brother. Amen.

Rork Kuick

Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 3:07 p.m. the name of the holy combustion engine, Amen.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:05 p.m.

While the starting point for the 5k was marginally quieter, we still had yards trampled and trash left behind. This year also was literally piss poor planning on the organizers part. It's one thing to have to wait for the road to reopen, but quite another thing to have to wait for runners PUBLICLY URINATING in Bird Hills. There are more than enough porta potties staged on HRD. Move the starting point for the 5k closer to those.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 6:51 p.m.

The bigger problem is the utter disregard they have for the neighbors to where they want to have their race. Kids play in those woods. Its nasty and its rude.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 6:46 p.m.

Sounds like Over-Hydrating. A common problem amongst runners.

Tom Teague

Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:03 p.m.

I have trouble believing that you pulled Urban's comment for using a common expression because of one word. The expression she used does NOT even have the same salacious origin as a similar expression that can frequently be found in the comments. Yes, I'm tip toeing around the word to avoid having this post deleted.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 4:26 p.m.

Don't get me started on the level of competence with that crew.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 3:28 p.m.

Sunday rules? Or PC police rules?


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

Believe it. Sunday moderation rules in effect!

Robin Hess

Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 12:27 p.m.

This information is helpful and should be on the race web site. What about the road closures in the townships, especially the bridges and when they will reopen? Perhaps that information should be on the road barriers for those who live north of the river and need to figure out how to get to church.

Ann English

Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 12:36 a.m.

I remember the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run being held on a Saturday. When did it start being held on Sundays? I'm not as sure about it being held on a Saturday in May, but that's what I think I remember reading years ago.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:29 a.m.

@Ann. Yer right about past races being on Saturday. However, it has been determined there is less automobile demand on the route on Sunday AM. All the best!


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

This will make it interesting to get from the Maple Rd area into downtown around 9am. Sigh.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

It has a better chance of working than taking over a neighborhood without providing porta potties. The B2B is more than wide enough to hold the 5k and minimizes the impact on additional roads and neighborhoods. It might do wonders for how drivers react to runners the other 364 days of the year.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 4:42 p.m.

Then why would you propose a solution that you know won't work?


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 4:41 p.m.

@EyeHeartA2 I am well aware of the size of the trail. It's as appropriate as where the 5k starts and the B2B is quite wide. At least the runners who use that also use appropriate bathrooms.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 4:24 p.m.

@Darwina; Ignorance is bliss. The number of runners can barely fit on a full two lane road. In fact for the first mile or so of the race it is quite packed. They would never fit on the trail you are talking about.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 11:29 a.m.

@Johnnya2....are you aware that today is also Taste of A2 and a number of employees having to work need to navigate getting into town....maybe Griffin has to get to work this morning...Miller is closed at Newport for construction still as far as I know. Taste will have Main street south of Huron closed, and Liberty from Ashley to Fourth closed. The Washington St. structure will not be open for parking because Fourth Ave is closed for construction...not as easy as rattling off street names


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 4:03 a.m.

@johnnya2 Excuse me? Where is it piss poor planning on my part to take the same day off in advance or leave town every year? I don't know what the Dexter-Ann Arbor organizers based their "less automotive demand" assumptions on , but in a 24 hour world people work all days and all times who then have to be rerouted. I doubt they considered that Miller Road is detoured onto Newport Road currently either. I never said stop the world to accommodate me. I shake my head in disgust with how un-neighborly the event is every year and go on with my day. I do think they could do it better; quieter starting points, starting in locations that are appropriate, having volunteers that actually listen to the question being asked and can answer it etc. Or better yet, finish the B2B and run it there. Every possible way I can get home is closed for this event, so the only equivalent I have is to "shelter in place" as one might for a flood or snow storm. Although if it were weather related, I would still be expected to get to work or even have someone come get me. Again, in this case as I can't get home I simply stay home.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 3:41 a.m.

@ Darwinia, OR you could plan to leave a bit earlier and plan. Sometimes roads flood, snow comes, construction happens or events happen. Maybe it would be worthwhile to discuss alteranatives with hyour work rather than just being a whiner. I guess piss poor planning on your part constitutes the rest of the world stopping for YOU


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:57 a.m.

@PineyWoodsGuy Yeah, it is THAT important to drive the route on a Sunday morning going to or from work. My commute is cut off since Dexter and Huron River Drive are inaccessible, and maybe possibly the road in front of my house will be kinda sort of open around noon or so. My only option is to take the day off every year, which I can't even sleep in because the starting point is ridiculously loud. Hopefully one day, the race will be moved to run along the B2B trail to cut the expense and hassle it creates for the non running world.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:30 a.m.

@ Griffin. Come on Griff. Cut the runners slack! Is it that Important that you drive the route Sunday AM?


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Why? Take Miller, or Dexter, or Jackson, or Liberty or Pauline and head towards downtown. Turn on to First and head to your destination. If you are going to the Heidelberg or The Broken Egg it will be bothersome, but not anymore so than if you were coming from any other part of town

Beth S

Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

Sorry my finger his the s instead of the c in race

Beth S

Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 5:10 p.m.

Please have someone let me know when the rase will be next year as my Son runs Marathons and has not been back to A2 since 1970 and would love be there for the race.


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 7:25 p.m.

It is always the first Sunday in June so it will be June 1 next year.

Nicholas Urfe

Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 4:02 p.m.

But you can't close the streets! My car - I pay for the roads with my car! My car must be free to roam. I am king of the road! Etc.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 11:19 a.m.

@cynicA2...that would be if you don't live in the immediate I said in my post, the set-up began prior to 4:30 am...move the race to a later start so I don't have to be jolted out of bed by pipes banging on the ground that early. And that doesn't even bring in to the garbage the runners leave....half eaten bananas, bagels, water bottles, etc....not everyone [even the special people] uses trash receptacles and downtown then is left a littered mess. Then it's our tax dollars used to clean up after them.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:30 a.m.

Glad I'll be sleeping... the only sensible thing to do before noon on Sunday. What a mess.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:26 a.m.

@Nick. I know yer joking. Driving a ton-and-a-half car vs a 150lb runner! If you actually live along Huron River Drive you can be accommodated; otherwise look at it this way: There are 365 days in a year and the race only consumes one morning. I ran the Dx-A2 for 20 yrs and have been a Road Guard the past 10 yrs. Bust past my post and I'll cell-phone ahead to the A2 PD that heavily patrols. It is a $100 ticket. To repeat Nick, I know yer joking. All the best, dude!

Urban Sombrero

Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 12:18 a.m.

I see your sarcasm and raise you a "thumbs up".


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 1:23 p.m.

I thought this race basically went from AA to Dexter without all the street closure. Did the route change this year?


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

Dexter to AA, but nice try.


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 4:11 p.m.

If you take a second and actually look at what streets are closed, you'll notice that almost all of the in-city streets listed above are ONLY those sections that run from Main Street to a parallel street. It makes sense to close these streets to ensure that people don't blindly drive through toward Main Street, only to reach a road block AT Main Street, then try to do a multi-point turn to go back to the intersection that they should have turned off of in the first place. By shutting down these one-block sections of streets, it ensures that people don't end up causing traffic problems by driving blindly toward Main Street.


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 2:22 p.m.

Just warming up for the marathon. Maybe this year it will be less of a debacle traffic-wise. If not the city has some 'splaining to do as to why they would allow it - again.