Berkeley Half-Marathon: IT’S BAAAAACK

The 2016 Berkeley Half-Marathon is scheduled for this coming Sunday morning, 11/20, from 7 AM to 12:30 PM. The race course is much the same as last year, which means that BFC is once again inside the race course, and anyone coming from outside the course will have difficulty crossing it in a car. If you usually come in a car or by bus, please walk, bike or take BART if you possibly can.

If you absolutely have to drive:

1) Exiting I-80 at University Avenue is not an option. The off-ramps will be entirely closed.

2) If you’re coming from the north: the  Solano Avenue tunnel is a good way to get under the runners again this year. Take Solano east from The Alameda and through the tunnel. Continue south on Henry Street to Cedar Street, turn right (west) and take Cedar the rest of the way to BFC.

3) If you’re coming from the south or east:

If you come before 8:40 AM, you should be able to get across the course from the south on Sacramento Street or San Pablo Avenue before they close them at Channing/Bancroft.

If you come after 9:45 AM, you should be able to get across from the east on University Avenue after they re-open it at Shattuck Avenue.

Getting to University & Shattuck from the south (e.g. from Tunnel Road/Ashby Avenue), you will need to get around the UC campus on the east. Go north on Piedmont Avenue towards campus and then continue onto Gayley Road, which goes through campus. In a few blocks Gayley exits the campus at Hearst; turn left (east). Take Hearst about five blocks to Oxford; turn left (south) and go two blocks to University; turn right (west). University should be clear all the way to Sacramento St after 9:45.

Between 8:40 and 9:45, there will be intermittent crossings allowed on Sacramento at Bancroft/Channing, San Pablo at Bancroft/Channing, and University at Shattuck. However, the police will not let people through very often. Judging from previous years’ experience, the wait at those crossings could be as long as a half-hour (!!).

See the following links for more information:

And if you have any further questions, check with Brian!

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