The annual Gilbert Days Parade takes place Saturday, Nov. 16.
Two major events associated with the town’s annual Gilbert Days celebration will have traffic rerouted Saturday.
Commuters should plan ahead for the changes Saturday from the Gilbert Days Parade in the Heritage District and the Gilbert Half Marathon and 10K runs.
The parade will keep Gilbert Road closed from Guadalupe Road to Hackamore Street from 6 a.m. until noon.
The runs are routed from the Higley High School parking lot for the half-marathon and Nichols Park for the 10K. The half-marathon will go up Recker Road from Higley High to the Western Powerline Trail. It will run west along the trail until it meets up with the parade route on Gilbert Road and finishes alongside the parade at the Gilbert Public Schools parking lot.
The 10K meets up with the half-marathon route nearly immediately at the Riparian Preserve portion of the route.
For the runs, rolling closures will happen at intersections along the routes. The closures last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.