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Navigating Parking Rules & Road Closures on Calgary Marathon Weekend

With the upcoming 2024 Servus Calgary Marathon weekend on Sunday, May 26, 2024, our city is getting ready for an exciting event packed with runners, spectators and community spirit. Whether running the marathon, cheering from the sidelines, visiting, living nearby, passing through, or staying home, as a vehicle owner, you can help make the marathon weekend safe, successful, and enjoyable by being a Parking Safety Champion.

Knowing where not to park saves you time and money during the marathon weekend. Calgary Parking officers will be enforcing the parking bans while they are in effect. If your car is along the route, you will get a ticket and your vehicle might be short-towed.

Here are six tips on how to be a Parking Safety Champion during the marathon weekend: 

  • Watch for Signs: Look for parking ban signs at least 12 hours before the marathon starts to know where you can't park, and make sure you only park outside those areas.  
  • Move Your Car: Remember to move your car on Saturday night so it won't get towed. Starting early Sunday morning, some streets will be off-limits for parking.
  • Use Calgary Parking lots and Parkades: If you want safe, convenient, and affordable parking near the marathon route, arrive at a nearby Calgary Parking lot or parkade before road closures start. Note that some of these facilities might be closed for the marathon from 6 a.m. to around 3 p.m., with no entries or exits. 
  • Be patient and follow officials' instructions:  Calmly and patiently follow the directions provided by police officers and parking enforcement directing traffic, as they're there to keep everyone safe and manage traffic flow.
  • Consider other ways to get around: Walking or using public transit could be more convenient if you're not driving. Check schedules and routes in advance to make getting around easier.
  • Spread the word: Help your neighbours by reminding them how they can be Parking Safety Champions like you!

By following these six simple tips during the 60th annual Calgary Marathon, you can smoothly navigate getting around during the Marathon weekend and minimize any driving and parking inconveniences. Join our community of Parking Safety Champions this year and make a big difference during the marathon weekend by ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I avoid getting a ticket or being towed?

If your street is in a no-parking zone for the event, clear your vehicle off the street in front of your house and from the marathon route the evening before the race.

What do I do if my vehicle is short-towed, or I get a parking ticket?

Please be informed that if a parking ticket has been issued and placed on your vehicle's windshield, you will be required to pay the fine.

Fines Payment Schedule
Fine Amount After 30 Days $68
If Paid Between 10 and 30 Days $50
If Paid Within 10 Days $40

If your vehicle gets short-towed, we might have moved it to a nearby spot outside the parking ban route, likely just a few blocks from your home. You can also contact us at 403-537-7000 to find out where your vehicle was towed. Kindly note that there might be some delay in getting this information if you decide to contact us.

What do I need to know about Parking Safety Champions?

Parking Safety Champions are a community of people who drive and practice safe parking habits, being good neighbours by creating space for a safe race during the Calgary Marathon. With hundreds of spectators and thousands of runners set to fill the streets of Calgary, we encourage you and everyone who drives to join our community of Parking Safety Champions from the comfort of your vehicles or homes.

How does Calgary Parking support the Marathon?

Calgary Parking officers support the event organizers by making sure that the correct signage information is set up in visible locations at least 12 hours before the race. Our Parking Safety and Compliance Officers can also short-tow and give tickets for parking offenses within Calgary city limits, as described in the Calgary Traffic BylawCalgary Parking Bylaw and the provincial Traffic Safety Act

How can I stay informed and prepared during marathon weekend?

Plan extra time for travel and find alternate routes beforehand. Stay updated on marathon news and traffic advisories. You can use the free Waze app for real-time updates on traffic conditions.

Where can I find more information about road closures during the Calgary Marathon weekend?

See event details and a interactive route map for more information about road closures during the Marathon weekend, including a calendar for upcoming Calgary special events.  

I believe I got a ticket unfairly, what should I do?

If you believe you got a parking ticket unfairly, you can request a review or appeal up to 10 days before the court date. Just remember, you can only appeal unpaid tickets.

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