Chilly marathon will attract runners and close Burlington roads


Published February 26, 2024 at 1:49 pm

Marathon runners will take over the streets of Burlington on Sunday (March 3) which means there will be traffic disruption.

The Chilly Half Marathon attracts participants from both here and abroad with the goal of raising funds for Joseph Brant Hospital.

This year a goal of $20,000 has been set which will add to the total of $400,000 that has been raised over the years.

Started in 1997, the race, despite the name, is considered a warm-up race for competitive runners who have their sights set on qualifying for larger marathons.

This year the race starts at 10:05 a.m. from Burlington City Hall and will take runners along Lakeshore Rd. and Burloack Dr. and wind its way to to City Hall and the finish line.

More than 3,000 participants are expected including organized running groups that often put members to the running test for the very first time.

Here is the traffic information:

Road Closures

  • 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brant Street from Maria Street to Elgin Street.
  • Ontario St. from Brant Street to Locust Street, and James Street from John Street to Brant Street.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Maple Avenue.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brant Street, Lakeshore Road. to Elgin Street (access to Bunton’s Wharf will be maintained via Locust Street, with minor delays).
  • 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Burloak Drive. Burloak Drive from Lakeshore Road to Spruce Avenue for turnaround (Access to Old Lakeshore Road from the west maintained with delays).
  • There will be a soft road closure on Lakeshore Road at Great Lakes Boulevard, traffic travelling west on Lakeshore Road towards Burloak Drive will be diverted north onto Great Lakes Boulevard.
  • 9:55 to 10:45 a.m. The streets along the route west of Brant Street will experience intermittent road closures.

Traffic Supervision

  • Road closures will be managed by the Halton Region Police Service.
  • Event Marshals will be available to support the road closure.
  • Times outlined on this notice are approximate to assist with understanding impact to residents. Roads will be opened once it is safe to do so.

Resident Access

  • Residents along the route are asked to make alternative arrangements during the closure periods.
  • If your residence is within the closure and you must access your vehicle during the race, please park on a side street outside of the closure.
  • Residents south of Spruce Avenue along Burloak Drive are encouraged to park on the side streets north of Spruce Avenue.
  • Residents on the north side of Lakeshore Road can use the westbound lane, expect delays.
  • Residents south of Lakeshore Road will have restricted access and are encouraged to park north of Lakeshore Road.
  • In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Parking Restrictions

Parking is not permitted on the following streets from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vehicles will be tagged and relocated as per City of Burlington By-Law.

  • Brant Street, from Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road.
  • Elgin Street, from Brant Street to Locust Street.
  • Locust Street, from Lakeshore Road to Blenheim Street.
  • Blenheim Street, from Locust Street to Hurd Avenue.
  • Hurd Avenue, from Blenheim Street to Baldwin Street.
  • All of Baldwin Street.
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