National Marathon Signs Go Up


The National Marathon takes place this Saturday. Here’s a map:

Map_With Timeline_Open Access Roads

I’ve learned from my mistakes. So if you can’t read the map above you can download a bigger version here – Map_With Timeline_Open Access Roads

Anyone running it? Good luck to those who are! Press release after the jump.

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 will be
posted with temporary “Official Course Route” signage one week prior to the day of the event. 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

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

11 Comment

  • I hate when this comes around – creates such a mess. While the route comes close, thankfully I am to the south so it doesn’t mess with my life as much as it has in the past.

  • 1) That map is a mess
    2) With the entire face of the earth to run marathons… why mess up DC all damn day? The original marathon was not to run a loop through a major metropolitan area on busted up asphalt sucking down smog.

  • I can’t wait until a runner hits a pot hole. Not that I want anyone to get injured, I just think the press on the incident would be damn enjoyable.

  • Wow that map is at least seven kinds of fail. I think I am actually less informed for having looked at it.

  • Wow, seems like a lot of people (see above) would rather have these types of contests instead of marathons.

    Relax people, it’s one day.

  • They should just close Metro for the morning and let the participants run on the trackbeds.

  • My wife has been training for months but recently injured her leg and may not be able to race. Let’s all pity her and try and make her feel better.

  • Thanks for posting.

  • People turn into such a bunch of curmudgeons about this race. It’s one morning without a car–and there’s nothing stopping you from (gasp) walking to the metro or elsewhere or even (double gasp) cheering for the runners.

    Lecture time: Having good recreational sporting activities like marathons and triathlons is part of what makes a world class city. Do you think people in NY or London on the whole would rather not have their marathons?

  • @H Street Resident – AMEN!
    It would be really cool if the organizers worked with the neighborhood committees to bring out fans and raise the profile of this race. Its the red-headed stepsister to the MCM but with proper org could really have some awesome fan support.

  • I’m running the half marathon for the third year in a row. It’s a great race! I agree with H street resident and Andy (2) that it is one weekend morning a year. I mean the race starts at 7 a.m. so really the “mess” the race creates is done by the afternoon. I don’t think it is a bigger imposition than the many other festivals, parades, etc DC plays host to every year. And I do think that races and other similar events like festivals, parades make a city a world class city.

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