The Millarville “Run To The Farmers’ Market” Half Marathon is a fundraising event for the non-profit Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society. Additionally, several local registered charities use our event to support their own worthwhile causes.
Although the half marathon organization is doing its best to lessen any impact on our community, we expect some impact on traffic on race morning. We will be holding resident awareness Open Houses in Turner Valley and at MRAS before the race and advertising our intents in local media and on this website. We encourage you to contact us Rick via our website contact form if you have any questions.
The areas impacted by our race will be for fairly short duration and in the early morning. We ask for your help in protecting the safety of the participants. Plan ahead for your best routes to your home or business.
In Black Diamond, we will be making some noise in the early morning, between 6 a.m. and 8:05 a.m., in the area of Oilfields Arena/Oilfields High School., specifically along 3rd St. SW fronting the Arena. This area will be very crowded with about 1,100 participants, particularly between 6:30 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. At 7:30 a.m., about 550 participants will leave, heading south on 3rd St. SW and exiting Black Diamond at MD Foothills 418 Ave (the golf course road). In addition, at 8:05 a.m., another group of participants will leave Oilfields Arena via 3rd St. SW, 3rd Ave, SW and exit the town on 5 St. SW. Professional traffic control will be in operation on Highway 22 from about 8:07 a.m. to about 8:15 a.m. After 8:10 a.m., our event will be packing up and leaving town, although occasional shuttle buses will continue to come from the Racetrack through until about 2 p.m. Through direct e-mail contact with participants, we are asking them to respect resident driveways when parking in Black Diamond. For the most part, Racetrack Road will be inaccessible through the morning (see note below) and travel through Turner Valley will be problematic between 7:45 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.
In Turner Valley, about 550 participants will be heading west on Imperial Way, past the golf course clubhouse and continuing through to Imperial/Decalta. From the Vista Condo’s through to Decalta/Imperial, there will be traffic cones down the middle of the roadway. Participants will be on the right (north) side of this corridor. Vehicles exiting the condo complex can do so on the left (south) of the coned corridor. A Town of Turner Valley bylaw officer will be at the corner of Decalta/Imperial, preventing entrance to Imperial. At Imperial/Decalta, participants will jump on the urban pathway and head to Main St. S/Decalta. At this corner, they will proceed through the 4-Way Stop within a coned corridor on the east (rght) side of the roadway. There will be professional traffic control at the 4-Way Stop. Participants will enter the Sheep River Library parking lot and head towards Black Diamond on the Friendship Pathway.
MD Foothills police, by order of MD Foothills council, will enforce a “rolling closure”of Racetrack Road between approximately 7:50 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.. This is for the safety of the approximately 1,000 pedestrian participants expected on the roadway.
Racetrack Road will be sealed to external traffic at approximately 7:50 a.m. Barricades and police will be at 402 Ave/Riverford Road and slightly south of the entrance of Millarville Racetrack on 192 St. Additionally, there will be barricades at 338 Ave./Riverford Road and 338 Ave. 176 St. to prevent access to Racetrack via 338 Ave.
With a “rolling closure,” MD Police will re-open the roadway behind the last participant as they head towards Millarville Racetrack. The last participant is likely at the corner of 176 St. and 402 Ave at about 8:50 a.m. Last participant is likely at 370 Ave and 176 St. at about 9:45 a.m. The last participant is likely at 176 St. and 338 Ave. at about 10:10 a.m. The last participant is likely at 338 Ave. and 192 St. at about 10:30 a.m. Regardless, the roadway re-opens along its length at 10:30 a.m. Watch for straggler pedestrians still on the roadway.
If you are a local resident inside the perimeter, there is nothing stopping you from driving and exiting the perimeter throughout this period. Note, however, once you’ve left the perimeter, you will not be permitted to return until police allow it or after 10:30 a.m. If you are going for a drive, keep the safety of the participants in mind at all times and proceed slowly. The participants will be told in advance that you have right of way and you are permitted to proceed.
As a general thought, from 7:50 a.m. onward, your best bet for leaving the Racetrack Road perimeter is to go to Highway 549 AND/OR seek the earliest exit such as 338th Ave going to Riverford Road. Basically, try to avoid the humanity by using some of the side exits before the participants get there.
Racetrack Road will be closed to thru-traffic from approximately 7:50 a.m. through to approximately 10:30 a.m.
There is no access to Racetrack Road from Riverford Road (160 St) during the period above.
To get to the Market from Black Diamond or Turner Valley, take Highway 22 and turn east on Highway 549. Go approximately 3.2 KM and turn south on 192 St. and 1 KM to the Farmers’ Market entrance.
To get to the Market from the direction of Okotoks, take Highway 549 west to 192 St., turn south and go 1 KM to the market entrance.
From Calgary, take Highway 22X to Highway 22, turn south at the “Turner Valley” sign and follow the Millarville Farmers’ Market signs via Highway 549 and 192 St.
There is plenty of space to watch the start of the event at Oilfields Arena in Black Diamond.
There are a number of access points to watch the half marathon as it leaves Black Diamond and progresses through the Turner Valley Golf Course area, then down Decalta Ave and into Turner Valley. You can also watch the event as it moves along the Friendship Pathway towards Black Diamond.
Racetrack Road, the final 12.1 KM of the event and comprising most of the COBS Cinnamon Bun Run course, is closed to traffic and inaccessible to most spectators. You can get some access to a single spot on Racetrack Road via 160 St. (Riverford Road from Black Diamond), then 338 Ave where it intersects with Racetrack Road. There are roadblocks at this corner and possibly a police officer. DO NOT DRIVE ONTO RACETRACK ROAD.
And, of course, the best place to watch the event is at the Millarville Farmers’ Market where everyone is finishing the event. Then meet up and enjoy the rest of the morning exploring the Market.
Saturday, June 18, 2022