In­ter­na­tional marathon re­turns to Ni­a­gara on Sun­day

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Local -

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.

RAY SPITERI THE NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW

Rob Lapensee com­petes in the half-marathon while dressed as fruit dur­ing the Ni­a­gara Falls In­ter­na­tional Marathon that tlast year.

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