National Marathon Tomorrow
I meant to catch up on back postings last night, but was thwarted by the fact that someone cut the phone lines in the alley yesterday (so no landline, or internet).
Anyone traveling around the District tomorrow will want to take a look at the marathon route because it snakes right through our area. Here are the details:
SunTrust National Marathon Street Closings on Saturday, March 20, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The 5th Annual SunTrust National Marathon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon and Relay Races will be run on Saturday, March 20, 2010, with a 7 a.m. start time and 1 p.m. finish time. This half-day event includes a 26.2-mile marathon, a 13.1 mile half marathon, and relay races. The race route starts and ends at RFK Stadium and runs through six of the city’s eight wards. Race officials advise the public that temporary, intermittent street closings will be in effect on Saturday, March 20, 2010; starting at 6:45 a.m. Vehicles may be parked along the route; however they will not be allowed to be moved once runners enter the area to ensure that no moving vehicles will collide with participants. Affected streets have been posted with temporary “Official Course Route” signage. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will handle the alteration of traffic patterns and enforce moving violations.
Each posted MPD officer on the course route will be supplied with a Race Day Operations Guide with detailed information on open access routes, detour plans and bump cross routes in Capitol Hill. Note that between the marathon and half-marathon races, the event course encompasses six wards of the city in two large loops. East Capitol Street from 13th Street, NE to 2nd Street NE will be closed to all vehicular traffic starting at 6:45 a.m. It will reopen at approximately 10:45 a.m. Residents of Capitol Hill, who normally use East Capitol to get to or from their homes, will be allowed intermittent north bound/southbound travel across East Capitol Street at the following bump cross route locations: 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th Streets. Vehicular traffic at each bump cross route is monitored by MPD and flows at their discretion.
Metrorail will be opening early at 5:00 a.m. and running on a normal Saturday schedule.
Some bus lines will be affected; WMATA will advise as to these bus route detours and delays.
Drivers along Connecticut Avenue between Florida Avenue and M Street NW should be advised that they are likely to experience delays between 7 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. Minnesota Avenue in SE Washington will be closed to traffic from approximately 8:55 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Other delays are expected.
Persons with unessential travel should avoid driving in all areas affected by the event. Massachusetts Avenue, Rhode Island Avenue and New York Avenue provide the best options for crossing the route.
Metrorail is another useful alternative. It is imperative that District residents review the route map and times of closures to confirm whether desired routes will be available, and to identify streets, which may be used to get around the race route and to other parts of the city.
Public safety officials are committed to reopening streets along the route as quickly as it is safe to do so. For more information, please visit http://www.nationalmarathon.com/.