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Those driving in and around Sedona on Saturday, Feb. 4, may want to consider alternate routes or expect possible delays — especially in the morning hours.

That’s because the Sedona Marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K event, which begins at 9 a.m., will include several road closures.

The course begins on Dry Creek Road from Sedona onto Boynton Canyon Road and then onto Boynton Pass Road and returns the same route. Throughout most of the morning hours and into the late afternoon there will be signs indicating that runners are on the roadway, that the speed limit is 15 mph and to be prepared to stop.


In the morning, if heavy traffic is deemed unsafe for the large amount of runners along Boynton Canyon Road, a temporary road closure with a pilot vehicle will be used to provide a safer environment for event participants, the Sedona Police Department reported. Boynton Canyon Road will quickly re-open and provide complete traffic access.

The city of Sedona will be closing Dry Creek Road from State Route 89A to just south of Thunder Mountain Road from 8:45 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m., as part of the event. Dry Creek Road will re-open and provide complete traffic access after this short closure. This temporary road closure will impact street access to White Bear Road, Kachina Drive and Remuda Road.

Access to State Route 89A via Thunder Mountain Road may also experience short delays depending on runner traffic along Dry Creek Road. A signed detour route has been planned via Andante Drive to Thunder Mountain Road.

Other temporary road closures include Navoti Drive at Bristlecone Pines Road, both connections of Rimstone Circle on Navoti Drive, Calle Del Sol at State Route 89A, and a westbound lane on Sate Route 89A.

The city and event organizers encourage area residents to plan traffic-related activities prior to, or after, the scheduled road closure and delays. SPD and Sedona Fire District personnel will be available in your area in case of any emergency needs or service requests.

“Special thanks to those residents who are temporarily inconvenienced or delayed by this event,” Race Director Jennifer Wesselhoff said. “We greatly appreciate their support and patience.”

The Sedona Marathon event is a major economic generator for the city of Sedona during a traditionally slow time of the year. In 2016, the event generated $3.1 million in direct spending from the 2,500 participants and their friends and family who accompanied them.

“We are super excited to welcome more than 3,300 participants — the biggest in our 12 year history — to this year’s event,” Wesselhoff said. “We have a great team of professionals, sponsors, agencies, nonprofits and hundreds of volunteers who help make this event a success.”

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