March 5 Road Closures for Chilly Half Marathon

On Sunday, March 5, 2017 the Chilly Half Marathon and Frosty 5k Run will be held in support of cancer care at Joseph Brant Hospital.

The following road closures will be in place (see map below):

  • 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Brant Street, from Maria Street to Pine Street and James Street, from Brant Street to John Street.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brant Street, from Lakeshore Road to Elgin Street (access to Bunton’s Wharf via Locust Street)
  • 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Lakeshore Road, from Brant Street to Eastport Drive
  • 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lakeshore Road, from Brant Street to just west of Burloak Drive (access to Old Lakeshore Road from the west maintained with delays).

Resident Access
Residents on Lakeshore Road and side streets have three access options:

  • Residents on the north side of Lakeshore Road who need access during the race can drive west to or from the nearest side street when the way is clear of emergency vehicles.
  • Residents on the south side of Lakeshore Road who need access during the race can call VR Pro at 289-456-6262 or email in advance. One of two event vehicles will be sent to help your vehicle through the line of runners.
  • Parking is available on side streets, north of Lakshore Road that do not have parking restrictions. Residents are required to apply for an on-street parking exemption at Residents will be permitted to walk along or across Lakeshore Road to access these parked vehicles during the event.

In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Emergency services access will be maintained at all times along the event route.

Burlington Transit:
Bus route detours will be in effect for Routes 3, 10 and 20. Visit

More Information
For more information about road closures or traffic control, please call the event liaison at the City of Burlington at 905-335-7600, ext. 7704.

For more information about the race, visit

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Anyone know Kelly Arnott? She organizes it. I’m all for raising money for our Hospital but also at what cost to people living on Lakeshore road, specially on the south side. I order the cars to help us get out for past several years and no one shows up! Last year the race official outside my building said they accepted more participants than they could handle! Every year it’s longer (time held hostage in your home). Why can’t it be elsewhere? Or why do they need all 3 lanes?

    • Seriously – you know when the roads close, move your car to a side street before they do, and you can get out whenever you’d like. We lived on Spruce when the race was run along there so I know first hand what you speak, and always enjoyed watching the racers run past the house. I never considered us to be “hostages”…a little hysterical don’t you think?

      • Marianne, this needs to change. A large portion of South Burlington is being inconvenienced
        so a private individual (Arnott) financially benefits. Since this involves public facilities, the financial details should be transparent.

  2. Marianne, my understanding is that the organizers of this race benefit financially in addition to the donation to Joseph Brant. Since a large swath of south Burlington is inconvenienced on an annual basis, is it too much to ask that complete financial disclosure about this event be made public?

    Further, since south Burlington seems to be continually inconvenienced with several of these races, I would like to see the city start to “share” these races across the city.

  3. Is there talk of ever moving this race or alternating the sides of Lakeshore that can access the road. We’re on the south side and are always trapped in our building. Even when we book a martial to come they never show up. It affects our kids Swim classes and one son’s bday. Tired of being held hostage in my home or having to deal with issues for my son to have a bday party

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