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Marathon Super Sunday tomorrow

18 Mar 06 03:52

Melbourne 2006 logo. 18 March 2006

Melbourne’s major landmarks including the Yarra River, the world famous MCG, city parks and gardens and cosmopolitan precincts will form a scenic backdrop to the Men’s and Women’s Marathon events on tomorrow, Sunday 19 March.

Thousands of spectators are expected to line the marathon route to cheer the runners and be part of the action as our iconic locations are beamed to the world

The marathon is the classic international sporting event where athletes test their endurance and stamina over 42.195 kilometres.

The course will pass through East Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville, Melbourne Docklands, South Melbourne, St Kilda and Port Melbourne. It is a free event for spectators except for the start and finish which occur inside the MCG.

Extensive changes to traffic and public transport conditions will be implemented for the event. Road closures will start prior to 5am on Sunday 19 March.

There will be several controlled crossing points along the route that will enable traffic to cross the course when runners are not in the vicinity. The crossing points will be opened and closed at the discretion of Victoria Police in consultation with Games officials.

Tomorrow is “Super Sunday” with action at swimming, synchronised swimming, athletics at the MCG, badminton, boxing, track cycling, hockey, netball, shooting, squash, table tennis and weightlifting events in the metropolitan venues.

Sunday 19 March
Women's event starts: 9:30am
Men’s event: 10.15am
Male and female athletes will run on the same course.

The course covers more than 42 kilometres offering a wide number of vantage points to see the runners however popular locations are expected to be in Carlton, St Kilda, Docklands and Southbank.

The following Live Sites will cover the drama on the giant screens located at:
• Melbourne Museum Plaza, Carlton Gardens
• Queensbridge Square, Southbank Promenade
• Federation Square
• Waterfront City, Docklands
• South Beach Reserve, St Kilda
Key tips for spectators:
• If you’re heading to the marathon route by tram, get into the city before 9am. Between 9am and 2pm there will be disruptions to tram routes.
• Train is a better option – get off at any city loop station and walk to the route.
• Many roads will be closed from 5am Sunday and large crowds are expected. Be patient and allow plenty of time when travelling around Melbourne.
• Spectators are encouraged to leave the car at home and take public transport to the marathon route as there is no parking in nearby streets and many roads are closed.

Key tips for commuters:
• CITYLINK will be toll free from 9am – 2pm on Sunday.
• Many roads will be closed from 5am Sunday and large crowds are expected. Be patient and allow plenty of time when travelling around Melbourne.
• Batman Avenue will remain open for access into the CBD.
• Avoid non-essential travel from St Kilda to Carlton and the CBD.

Vehicles will be able to cross the course at the following points. However, expect delays and please be patient.
• Wellington Parade over Clarendon Street (Carlton)
• Nicholson Street over Albert Street
• Victoria Parade over Lygon Street
• Victoria Parade near Spring Street
• Elizabeth Street over La Trobe Street
• King Street over La Trobe Street
• William Street over La Trobe Street
• King Street over Flinders Street
• Toorak Road over St Kilda Road
• Canterbury Road / Grey Street over Fitzroy Street
• Normanby Road / Whiteman Street over Clarendon Street (South Melbourne)
• Ingles Street over Crockford Street

For further information please contact:

Games Communications Centre
+61 3 8855 3333

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