The Santa Rosa Marathon returns to local streets Sunday morning with more than 3,500 runners hitting the course for the 26.2-mile test of strength and endurance as well as the attendant events, a half-marathon and a downtown 5-K race.
Race organizers expect as many as 5,000 people to gather along the course to encourage the runners.
The event will impact local vehicle travel.
These are the schedule road closures:
<b>Downtown loop, generally within the boundaries of Fifth Street to the north, Mendocino Avenue to the west, Sonoma Avenue to the south and Hope Street to the east.</b>
Santa Rosa Avenue, 5-9 a.m.
Sonoma Avenue, 5-9 a.m.
E Street and D Street, 5-9 a.m.
First Street through Seventh Street, 5-9 a.m.
Mendocino Avenue from Seventh Street to Sonoma Avenue, 5-9 a.m.
<b>Note: </b>Brookwood and B Street will be open for drivers to proceed through the area.
This series of roads following the county portion of the marathon course and will be closed from 6-11 a.m.
Guernville Road, 6-11 a.m. from Fulton past the Raley's supermarket to Lagune Frei Road.
West Olivet Road
Fulton Road will be one-lane south from Wood Road to Piner Road
<b>Note: </b>Through traffic to the west can use River Road or Hall
See the artifacts
The History Museum will host a reception at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 to open an exhibit on the time capsule buried in 1968 in downtown Santa Rosa. It includes a presentation by an anthropologist on the contents of the time capsule and a screening of the film “Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of All the Earth.”
The City of Santa Rosa will celebrate its 150th birthday on Sept. 8 with a celebration in Old Courthouse Square, including the burial of a new time capsule. Details can be viewed at santarosacity150.com.