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Darlage: Lost Dutchman Marathon should not be on U.S. Highway 60

Posted 4/8/22

We have been winter visitors in the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon area for 17 years. During that time we have seen a great increase in the traffic on U.S. Highway 60.

Also most years the traffic …

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Darlage: Lost Dutchman Marathon should not be on U.S. Highway 60

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We have been winter visitors in the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon area for 17 years. During that time we have seen a great increase in the traffic on U.S. Highway 60.

Also most years the traffic going east and west is clogged and stopped most weekends during the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

This year the Renaissance Festival traffic and the closure of one lane going west on a Sunday morning for part of the Lost Dutchman Marathon clogged and stopped the traffic on both sides of US60.

In the interest of both the auto traffic and the runners in the marathon, I think there could be some alternate route chosen off of the highway.

US60 is the only way to get in and out of several communities and to have three out of four lanes clogged or stopped at one time is not safe or sensible.

My suggestion to the planners of next year’s marathon is to please move it off US60.

Editor’s note: Nell Darlage lives in the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon area.

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  • Fergy3089

    I have a better suggestion. Why don't you just mark your calendar for when the Lost Dutchman Marathon is and don't plan to go anywhere until after Noon that day. That way the traffic will be clear from the Marathon and the Renaissance Festival. Don't you think that would be a better solution than re-routing the marathon just for you to get out on one Sunday from 6AM to Noon, if you should decide to?

    The Lost Dutchman Marathon has been in this area for 20 years and brings a lot of people to the area, which boosts our economy, the same as the snow birds do. People train for this marathon for months and I believe it is one of the most challenging Marathon with the most beautiful serene landscape. The route is very thought out to give the right landscape at the correct time. You can't just re-route it off US 60 because you or others are a little inconvenienced.

    I actually have another suggestion. Instead of staying home during the Marathon, maybe you could volunteer at a water station to hand out water or just be there to cheer the runners on.

    Sunday, April 10 Report this