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Sunday marathon to slow traffic to Mount Lemmon

Catalina Highway will be down to one lane

  • A runner climbs Catalina Highway during the 2011 TMC Mount Lemmon Marathon.
    Bill Vaughn/TMC Mount Lemmon MarathonA runner climbs Catalina Highway during the 2011 TMC Mount Lemmon Marathon.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is warning anyone planning to travel to Mount Lemmon on Sunday of lane closures and delays on Catalina Highway for the TMC Mount Lemmon Marathon.

Beginning at 5 a.m., Catalina Highway will be completely closed. Between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., the highway will have one lane open for traffic, and traffic is expected to be very slow, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, PCSD spokeswoman.

Mount Lemmon Fire and Rural Metro Fire personnel will be working with PCSD to maintain the flow of traffic while keeping marathon runners safe, Barkman said.

The TMC Mount Lemmon Marathon is in its second year. Touted as "The Toughest Road Marathon in the World" by organizers, it is the only uphill marathon in the United States with more than 6,000 feet of climbing, according to the its website.

For more information on the marathon, visit www.mountlemmonmarathon.com or email info@mountlemmonmarathon.com.

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