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Sunday Road Closures To Make Room For Runners



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 02, 2011

Thousands of people will be running, among them dozens hoping to qualify for next month's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Jen Hitchings of Sacramento is one of those runners. She's 48-years-old.

"I want to be one of the oldest women ever to qualify for the Olympic Trials as a first-timer."

Hitchings will have to finish the race in 2:46:00 or faster to qualify.

"This is it for me because in 2016 I'll be 52."

Of course, the vast majority of runners aren't chasing an Olympic dream…they're just doing it for their own personal fulfillment.

If you're running the event for the first time, John Schumacher with the marathon has some advice: don't start too quickly.

"You can get caught up in the race day adrenaline and run your first five miles too fast and go into oxygen debt and then you will pay for it dearly later on."

Another tip - don't do anything different on race day, like wearing new shoes.

ROAD CLOSURES:

1 - 6:55 a.m.-7:24: Oak Ave. Parkway just off Auburn-Folsom Rd.

2 - 7:00-7:38: American River Canyon Dr. & Oak Ave.

3 - 7:09-7:52: April & Oak Ave.

4 - 7:12-8:06: Beach & Oak Ave.

5 - 7:15-8:20: Kenneth/Wachtel & Oak Ave.

6 - 7:18-8:34: Fair Oaks Blvd. & Oak Ave.

7 - 7:21-8:48: Fairways Condo & Fair Oaks Blvd.

8 - 7:24-9:02: Niessen & Fair Oaks Blvd.

9 - 7:27-9:16: Dorian & Fair Oaks Blvd.

10 - 7:30-9:30: Main & Fair Oaks Blvd.

11 - 7:33-9:44: New York Ave. & Fair Oaks Blvd.

12 - 7:36-9:58: Hollister & Fair Oaks Blvd.

13 - 7:39-10:12: California & Fair Oaks Blvd.

14 - 7:42-10:26: Grant & Fair Oaks Blvd.

15 - 7:45-10:40: Kenneth Ave. & Fair Oaks Blvd.

16 - 7:48-10:54: Garfield & Fair Oaks Blvd.

17 - 7:51-11:08: Paloma & Fair Oaks Blvd.

18 - 7:54-11:22: Saverien & Fair Oaks Bvd.

19 - 7:57-11:36: Coronado and Fair Oaks Blvd.

20 - 8:00-11:50: Hawthorne & Fair Oaks Blvd.

21 - 8:03-12:04 p.m.: University & Fair Oaks Blvd.

22 - 8:06-12:18: Carlson & J Street

23 - 8:09-12:32: Bear Flag & J Street

24 - 8:12-12:46: 33rd & J Street  

25 - 8:15-1:00: 22nd & L Street

26 - 8:18-1:14: 8th & L Street

The finish line area around 8th, 9th, and 10th Streets and Capitol Mall will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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