Several large events will shut down streets and fill downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday

Runners complete the marathon, left, and half marathon, right, April 16, 2016. This year’s race is expected to cause traffic delays on Saturday. (Chris Samuels, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Organizers have planned ahead for a bustling downtown Saturday due to exciting events like the Salt Lake City Marathon, a Utah Jazz playoff game, and FitCon Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Hundreds of runners signed up for the marathon on Saturday morning, meaning road closures and delays are to be expected.

sergeant. Mark Wian of the Salt Lake City Police Department said, “Traditionally it draws a lot of people, whether it’s attendees, spectators, those who are just interested in checking out.”

Other events take place throughout the morning, such as a half marathon, bike ride, and short-distance running events.

The routes will pass through Salt Lake, parts of South Salt Lake, Sugar House and Holladay.

Closed roads

“Some closures may be permanent during the event, then there are some that will be intermittent,” Wian said.

Salt Lake County and the Utah Transit Authority have encouraged residents to consider public transportation to avoid travel and parking delays.

“With so many people traveling in and around downtown Salt Lake, now is a great time to use public transportation,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “Driving UTA is a quick and easy way to enjoy the jazz game, catch the marathon or explore downtown and I hope we get as many people as possible to ditch the traffic and try transportation.” together this Earth Day weekend.

Public transport

UTA has scheduled an expanded TRAX schedule on Saturday. Officials added early morning trains on the Blue Line – starting at 4:18 a.m. – and the Red Line – starting at 4:07 a.m. – for the marathon.

The marathon begins at 7 a.m. near the University of Utah campus.

Additionally, UTA said it would operate four-car TRAX trains on the Blue Line throughout the day.

“With over 18,000 fans attending the Jazz playoff game, there’s nothing more convenient than being dropped off outside Vivint Arena,” said Utah Jazz President Jim Olson. “We encourage fans to use TRAX, arrive early to enjoy the pre-game festivities and cheer on our team.”

To visit or call UTA Customer Service at 801-RIDE-UTA for more information. You can also plan your trip on the Transit app.

If you plan to drive, road closures will last most of the afternoon.

You can plan ahead by consulting the maps on the marathon website.

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