International marathon returns to Niagara on Sunday
About 2,900 runners are expected to converge on the region to compete in the annual Niagara Falls International Marathon.
The event, which was voted one of the most scenic marathons in Canada by a U.S. running magazine, will be held Sunday. It is one of only a handful of marathons that start in one country and finishes in another.
The runners begin the marathon in Buffalo, N.Y., and cross the Peace Bridge into Canada and follow Niagara Parkway to the brink of the Horseshoe Falls near Table Rock.
Several road closures and restrictions will be in effect.
Niagara Parkway will be closed from Old Fort Erie to Upper Rapids Boulevard, beginning at 6 a.m., and will be re-opened when the last participant runs past each adjoining intersection.
The northbound lanes of Niagara Parkway from Upper Rapids Boulevard to Murray Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to about 6 p.m. The eastbound lanes of Upper Rapids Boulevard will also be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, vehicular access to Dufferin Islands will be closed for the day.
Rob Lapensee competes in the half-marathon while dressed as fruit during the Niagara Falls International Marathon that tlast year.