Five Points Jazz Fest and the Colfax Marathon are this weekend — here’s where not to drive

Think you’re driving somewhere in Denver on Sunday? Incorrect!

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A traffic guide to the 2018 Colfax Marathon. Full marathon in green, half marathon in blue. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

A traffic guide to the 2018 Colfax Marathon. Full marathon in green, half marathon in blue. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Think you’re driving somewhere in Denver on Sunday morning?

Incorrect!

You are not. And don’t fight me on this.

Maybe if you’re just hanging out down south or just poking around up north you’ll be OK, but but north to south travel will be ill advised, as will east to west travel through the center of the city. The Colfax Marathon and the Colfax Half Marathon are going to effectively shut down a huge swath of Denver. Race organizers recommend avoiding the area bounded by Kipling Street to the west, Havana Street to the east, Sixth Avenue to the south and 26th Avenue to the north. (See our handy map above for further guidance.)

The marathon starts at 6 a.m. and should take about six hours. The half marathon starts at 6:45 a.m. and should take about four hours.

The Colfax 5K happens on Saturday, but it’s confined to City Park, so you should be fine.

Saturday is also Five Points Jazz Festival day. That should only mess you up if you’re driving around Welton Street between 25th and 30th streets, but if you need public transportation, things could get trickier.

The L Line will have a partial service disruption from 6:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. between the 25th and Welton and the 30th and Downing stations. Bus shuttles will be in operation while the line is temporarily down, picking up on Welton between Park Avenue and 25th Street, on the southeast and southwest corners of California and 27th streets, and inside the the station at 30th and Downing.

Dozens of bus routes and the D, F and H rail lines will be detoured or delayed from approximately 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Colfax Marathon, according to RTDHere’s the full list: