Ontario’s Niagara Parks Proud to Help Host Niagara Falls International Marathon

Bi-national marathon begins in USA and finishes at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls

Road closures will be in effect along sections of the Niagara Parkway to facilitate the running event

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted October 2nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Parks is set to host the annual Niagara Falls International Marathon on Sunday, October 14th.

Voted one of the most scenic marathons in Canada, over 3,900 participants are scheduled to compete in the bi-national running event, which begins in Buffalo, New York and ends in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

An early morning, before it gets real busy, look at the Niagara Parkway near the Falls . Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parkway will serve as a key route for participants, including hosting the finish line at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, where spectators, friends and families can come out to support the runners.

To help facilitate the race, Niagara Parks wishes to notify residents and businesses of the following road closures scheduled along sections of the Niagara Parkway and Upper Rapids Boulevard on Sunday, October 14:

  • The Niagara Parkway will be closed from Old Fort Erie to Upper Rapids Boulevard, beginning at 6 a.m., and will be re-opened as the last participant runs past each adjoining intersection. Access to residences and attractions along this section of the south Niagara Parkway will be made available from the closest access points. Vehicles will be assisted by Niagara Parks Police and Race Marshalls.
  • The northbound lanes of the Niagara Parkway from Upper Rapids Boulevard to Murray Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m., with the southbound lanes of the Niagara Parkway between Murray Street and Upper Rapids Boulevard remaining open to allow for southbound traffic only.
  • The eastbound lanes of Upper Rapids Boulevard will be closed from 6 a.m., to approximately 6 p.m., with the westbound lanes of Upper Rapids Boulevard remaining open to allow traffic from the Niagara Parkway to access Portage Road.
  • Vehicular access to Dufferin Islands will be closed for the day. The public washrooms at Dufferin Islands will also be closed for the day.
  • Access to Niagara Parks’ Falls Parking Lot (Lot A) and the Floral Showhouse Parking Lot (Lot B) will remain open during the day. Rapidsview Parking Lot (Lot C) will be closed for the day to service the event.
  • WEGO bus service will not be impacted. All buses will be permitted (with police assistance) to enter the Table Rock WEGO Bus Loop for visitor drop off and pick up.
  • All tour operators will be permitted (with police assistance) to turn in the WEGO Bus Loop and drop off/pick up on the west side of the Table Rock Complex during the road closure. All buses will then be required to proceed north to Murray Street.

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

For more information, please visit niagaraparks.com  .

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