Letter writers differ on how the Surrey International World Music Marathon affected traffic.

A marathon for runners, drivers

We completely understand how frustrating it is to sit in traffic. But to all those that did sit in traffic, thank you.

To all of the amazing organizers, volunteers, traffic controllers and RCMP that were involved in the Surrey International World Music Marathon: Thank you.

Sunday was the first wedding anniversary for my husband and I and we celebrated by running the half marathon. It was a huge accomplishment for the both of us.

It was truly amazing that we were able to walk to the start of the marathon, run, and then walk home.

By having the marathon in the heart of Surrey it allowed us to revel in this first-class city.

Last year we were inconvenienced by the marathon route as we literally live in the middle of the route.

We had guests coming over for a post-wedding barbecue and some people had to wait a long time in traffic.

We completely understand how frustrating it is to sit in traffic. But to all those that did sit in traffic, thank you.

This is a once-a-year event.

There were notices everywhere and plenty of opportunity to plan ahead.

If you felt frustrated, I hope you were not some of the people that took it out on the wonderful traffic controllers.

These traffic controllers were amazing – complete strangers cheering us on, even as we struggled with aching muscles.

I highly suggest that anybody who was upset about the marathon does one of two things.

Either mark this weekend in your calendar for next year so that you are able to plan for it, or better yet, run.

This year there was a 5K run, half marathon and full marathon to choose from.

There was also a kids’ run.

This is a great opportunity to start training now and participate next year.

Next year I hope to participate, but if I don’t, I will be on the sidelines cheering everyone on.

I hope to see you all there.


Elyse Fryer

Traffic woes for residents unacceptable

I would like to comment on the Surrey International World Music Marathon on Sunday.

I was reading the marathon routes online, and organizers were mentioning about making it better than last year. Well I feel they lied. It was a total nightmare.

They had signs up for the last month warning about King George Boulevard having major delays, but they did not mention all the other routes being closed.

There were a lot of angry drivers. When you leave your house and are told you cannot get back as the road is blocked, that is B.S.

My husband was so tired; he was told by police that he could not get through due to road closures, had to stay at the mall for hours.

Unacceptable in my opinion.


Ruth Reiter

Surrey North Delta Leader

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