City to host annual marathon on Sunday

Victor Martinez crosses the finish line as the overall winner of the Santa Clarita Marathon on Sunday. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Local and visiting runners will be on the move for the annual Santa Clarita Marathon on Sunday.

“Now in its 22nd year, the Santa Clarita Marathon is one of our city’s most popular and most anticipated annual events,” City Communications Manager Carrie Lujan said. “Each year, runners from around the country and beyond come to Santa Clarita to race against the clock while getting spectacular views of our valley from our trail system.”

The event includes a full marathon, which is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon, as well as a half marathon, a 5K, a Kid K and the Mayor’s Walk.

“Whether you are registered for an event or cheering on the runners as they go by, the Santa Clarita Marathon has something for everyone,” Lujan said.

Road closures

To accommodate all the races, there will be rolling road and parking lot closures throughout the city from 2 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City staff encourages residents to anticipate closures, detours and delays.

“Please make sure to plan your routes in advance to avoid getting stuck at a closure and we thank you for your patience,” Lujan said.

Most of the marathon will happen on the city’s trails, including West River Trail, South Fork Trail, Commuter Trail, Valencia Paseos and San Francisquito Trail, so trail users are asked to adjust their schedules to avoid bumping into participants.

McBean Parkway from Magic Mountain Parkway to Valencia Boulevard will be closed from 5 to 7:15 a.m.  Westbound Valencia Boulevard will be detoured via Citrus Avenue to Magic Mountain Parkway from 6 to 7:15 a.m.

Magic Mountain Parkway from McBean Parkway to Auto Center Drive will be closed in both directions from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a detour for drivers.

Magic Mountain Parkway at Tourney Road will be closed from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Drivers can expect delays in the Industrial Center on Avenue Scott, Avenue Stanford, Avenue Rockefeller, Anza Drive and Avenue Hopkins from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Newhall Ranch Road will be closed at Avenue Tibbits and McBean Parkway and one eastbound lane on Copper Hill Drive at McBean Parkway will both be closed from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Estaban Drive will stay open, but drivers should look out for runners crossing the street from 7 to 11:30 a.m.

The Cinema Parking Structure and Auto Center Drive Entrance at the Westfield Valencia Town Center will be closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Running the race

Those who want to participate in the marathon have through Saturday to sign up.

Runners can register at the pre-race Health and Fitness Expo at the Westfield Valencia Town Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Registration is not available the day of the race.

The city reminds participants that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, providing one more hour of rest before the event.

Visit or call City Arts and Events Supervisor Pat Downing at (661) 250-3783 for more information.

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