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Heads Up for Rock n Roll Marathon Road Closures on Saturday

by Prince Of Petworth — March 14, 2013 at 10:30 am 40 Comments


From DDOT:

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about scheduled street closures for the 2013 Rock N Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon that will be held in the District of Columbia on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

In order to facilitate this event there will be no vehicular traffic allowed along the routes of the races. However, there will be bump routes that will allow vehicles to cross when runners are not present. The races are scheduled to begin at approximately 7:25 a.m.; however some street closures will begin as early as 12:00 a.m. around the start and finish line. All streets affected by this event are expected to be reopened as early as 9:30 a.m., and no later than 2:00 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays during the races. Citizens who have issues that need resolution or if there are any questions regarding traffic access points during the races are advised to please call 202-727-9099.

The marathons will form at Constitution Avenue, NW, just east of 14th Street, NW.

See a map of the route here:

Marathon Map (PDF)

The full route of the marathon after the jump.

· Start on Constitution Avenue, NW just east on 14th Street, NW
· Right on Virginia Avenue, NW
· Right on 18th Street, NW
· Left on E Street, NW
· Left on Virginia Avenue, NW
· Right on 19th Street, NW
· Right on Constitution Avenue, NW
· Left on 23rd Street, NW
· Enter Memorial Circle
· Exit Memorial Circle
· Arlington Memorial Bridge
· Left on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
· Merge left on Shoreham Drive, NW
· Right on Harvard Street, NW
· Right on 5th Street, NW
· Merge onto 4th Street, NE
· Left of Bryant Street, NW
· Right on North Capitol Street, NW
· Left on K Street, NE
· Right on 4th Street, NE
· Left on H Street, NE
· Right on 13th Street, NE
· Left on Constitution Avenue, NE

Full Marathon/Half Marathon Split

Half Marathon Turns ONLY

· Left on North Capitol Avenue, NE
· Merge onto C Street, NE
· Merge right onto 22nd Street, NE
· Right on East Capitol Street, NE



· Right on `14th Street, NE
· Right on North Carolina NE
· Left on 13th Street, SE
· Right on East Capitol Street, SE
· Right on 11th Street, NE
· Left on East Capitol Street, NE
· Right on 2nd Street, NE
· Left on Constitution Avenue, NE
· Merge right on Constitution Avenue, NW
· Merge left on Constitution Avenue, NW
· Left on 9th Street, NW
· Right on L’Enfant Plaza
· U-Turn on L’Enfant Plaza (in front of USPS)
· Right on 9th Street, SW
· Left on Maine Avenue, SW
· Right on 6th Street, SW
· Left on Water Street, SW
· Merge onto the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
· Merge onto P Street, SW
· Right on 2nd Street, SW
· Left on V Street, SW
· Left on First Street, SW
· Right on Potomac Avenue, SW
· Left on South Capitol Street, SW
· U-Turn on South Capitol Street, SW
· Cross the Frederick Douglas Bridge
· Left onto South Capitol Street, SE
· Left on Douglas bridge access road
· Right on Anacostia Drive, SE
· Full loop around Anacostia Park skating Pavilion on Anacostia Drive, SE
· Left on Nicholson Street, SE
· Left on Fairlawn Avenue, SE
· Right on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
· Left on L’Enfant Square, SE
· Left on Minnesota Avenue, SE
· Right on East Capitol Street, SE on ramp
· Right on East Capitol Street, SE
· Merge left onto C Street, SE
· Merge left onto 22nd Street, NE


Bump Routes are as follows:

· 4th and East Capitol Street, NE
· 6th and East Capitol Street, NE
· 8th and East Capitol Street, NE
· 10th and East Capitol Street, NE
· 8th and H Streets, NE
· 15th and North Carolina Streets, NE
· 17th and C Streets, NE


Metrorail will open two hours early — at 5 a.m. — on Saturday, March 16, for the benefit of customers traveling to the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. The additional service is funded by the event sponsors.”


Metrobus customers traveling in the District this Saturday on any of three dozen bus routes are advised to allow extra travel time and to expect detours and delays as a result of this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon.

The race is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 16, 2013, with street closures starting around 6:30 a.m. and continuing through mid-afternoon.

The event will have a significant impact on the following Metrobus routes: 32, 34, 36, 38B, 42, 52, 54, 64, 70, 74, 80, 90, 92, 96, A42, A46, A48, B2, D4, D6, D8, G2, G8, H2, H4, L2, M6, N6, P6, S2, S4, U2, U6, V8, X2 and X8.

Bus customers are encouraged to transfer from Metrobus to Metrorail at the first available station. During the event, bus customers can request a special transfer from their bus operator that allows them to transfer to the rail system at no additional charge.

  • ET

    Basically – yet again DC residents are hostages because some marathon group or other thinks it would so cool to have their marathon here. This particular marathon is stupid they have a “tour” and are going to be running in about a dozen cities. I know they think it’s cool to run on the Mall and such but it seems like we have events shutting down the Mall every weekend and large chunks of the city at least every other month.

    • anon

      I know, right?!! Why can’t DC be a real city like New York, Chicago, LA, Boston or London. Those cities never host large, international events like marathons that take place in the historic core of the city and inconvenience some residents for a few hours every year. This town is so podunk in comparison.

      • Jess

        Because this is an athletic city and many runners have spent many months and countless hours running and training to complete this race. You should check it out. It’s pretty awesome. Live music, athleticism and a lot of people accomplishing their goals.

        DC is a real city (says a girl from Manhattan) and Im proud to say that Ill be one of the people taking the city “hostage” while I complete my first half marathon.

        • AllTheThings

          pretty sure anon was being sarcastic. 😉

          good luck! this race is super fun, and you will feel THE BEST EVER when you cross the finish line.

        • Anonymous

          wait, are you actually from manhattan? because thats the first time in my life that i’ve noticed someone from the NE not notice blatant sarcasm. i thought it was in our blood. i think the terrorists have won.

      • ET

        Harsh dude.

        I wouldn’t be complaining if it was just one but some years there a 3 marathons and they all converge in that area and move all over enough that they seem to take over evrything. Then there is the Cherry Blossom parade, Susan G Komen, rolling thunder, inaugurations every 4 years, and I am forgetting many other parades and events closing off large swaths of the city. You may not have to deal with this pretty much every weekend (and sometimes it is literally every weekend) in some fashion or another but there is no reason to be snotty to those that do. And for the record there are people who have to work and don’t have the option to walk or take public transportation so this not a little inconvenience.

        By the way DC is a real city, we don’t need a marathon or 5 to prove it.

    • I’ve run races all over the country and thankful that the residents of those cities were okay opening up their city for my (and thousands of others) enjoyment.
      I repaid their generosity by renting a car, staying in a hotel, eating out and shopping. Not a fair trade, but I have great memories – and look forward to many more on my trek to running a marathon in every state.

    • ET needs to phone home. Or ET needs to get off the sofa and run!

      • ET

        Get a more clever insult next time. I was in high school when that came out and frankly that is old and very tired- and not clever at all.

    • Some cheese and crackers to go with that whine? There is always something going on here, be it marathons, demonstrations, Cherry Blossoms, “police activity” or just hot-shots being escorted through town. It’s been this way since way before you were born, so move somewhere else if you can’t adapt and cope with it sans complaining.

  • JenDC

    Thanks, PoP!

  • Aaargh. Somehow I thought this was going to be on Sunday; the Saturday scheduling makes it even more of a hassle (for me, at least).

  • Matt

    It doesn’t bother me that these races happen, but this one is questionable for me because it’s run by a for-profit company that doesn’t exactly go out of it’s way to give a generous stake of the race revenues to charities, and also has a track record of taking advantage of not-for-profit benefits at the expense of the rest of us.

    • AllTheThings

      I agree, what is it with these “chains” of races?! Color Run, Warrior Dash, Rock N Roll, etc. It weirds me out. Maybe it is lucrative and I should create my own race concept, like “the backwards run” or “run while eating cake run.” I sort of miss regular, local races without the gimmicks.

      I don’t care at all about whether or not money goes to charity, though. It’s nice, but I’m fine with races being just about running, not always having to be some sort of inspirational fundraiser.

      • Anonymous

        I know what you mean but there are still lots of regular, local races without the gimmicks. I prefer those too, and they are all over the place even if not as well-publicized as the chain races.

        FWIW, I hear that the Rock’n’Roll races are very well organized, so that’s a plus. (Google the DC Hot Chocolate 10k that happened a year or two ago for an example of a poorly organized “chain” race.) The down side is that the Rock’n’Roll races are quite expensive – I’ve thought about signing up for various ones but have balked at the price every time.

        • JS

          There’s a world of difference between a local charity race at 5, 10 or even 15K and a full-blown 26.2 mile marathon – the latter are quite expensive and time-consuming to stage and I don’t begrude the organizers for taking some additional profit for all their work.

          As far as the Rock and Roll being expensive, you should look at the NYC Marathon fees. I was scheduled to run it last year (curse you, Sandy!) and the entry fee was $255. The Rock and Roll is downright reasonable compared to that.

          • Anonymous

            Absolutely, I know they’re not cheap to put on, I don’t begrudge the need/desire to make a profit, and I’m sure there are more expensive ones.

            But there are also cheaper options for the frugal (or frequent) racers among us.

        • AllTheThings

          Yep, I did the Rock N Roll race last year, and am running again on Saturday (without much training, eeeeeep). I will hand it to them, it IS well organized, and has great energy. I’m genuinely excited to visit the expo tonight.

          Can’t say the same for the “Color Run” I was talked into doing in Richmond last fall. Holy sh*tshow. I ended up wishing it was possible to run while drunk, it was so bad/weird. And yeah I heard that chocolate run was a complete disaster.

          • Anonymous

            Just had a quick look at the Color Run website. Yikes. That is definitely not my type of event. I’m reminded of other gimmick runs that I’ve heard about lately – some vampire or zombie run in Wheaton I think, some “wet” race that sounds more like a big water gun fight.

            Maybe I’m just old. I’ll pay for a well-organized race, but not well-organized playtime.

  • Good luck Hispanicandproud, Jess and all the other runners!!

  • Alison

    I love this race because it embraces DC and runs through all four quadrants. I’ve done it for the past four years and I’ll keep doing it.

    Rock and Roll only bought the rights to the race last year, and, as a result, it improved dramatically for the runners and for the city. Race delays, inefficient cleanup and poor event alerts hurt non-runners more, so while there isn’t a big charity component, RNR tries to bring the most fun with the least negative footprint — not an easy task when you’re organizing 30K people.

    As for ET, get your grouchy ass on a run, or cheer on the runners! You’d benefit from seeing the generosity on and along the race course. People come out of their homes to offer water, sit on their porches to cheer, the Howard kids blast music for the racers. It’s probably one of my most fun days of the year in DC. Get on it.

    • ET

      I have cheered for the runners before many, many years because it isn’t something I could ever do. But after living on the Hill since 1994 I am all cheered out. Call me grumpy if you want.

  • Anonymous

    UGH!! Hostage in my own neighborhood.

    I’m supposed to be taking the DC2NY bus to NY at 9 am…does anyone know what that might mean for the route?

    • Anonymous

      If you look at the map, it isn’t actually that bad for the major routes in and out of the district — e.g. NY Ave, RI Ave, Mass Ave, SE Freeway. The race is generally going under those major roads. Memorial Bridge is closed, but there are a bunch of alternate routes. Going north from NW is a bigger problem, but otherwise traffic on Saturdays tends to be light so having to go around is not the worst thing ever.

      • Anonymous

        oops – make that *not* that bad for the major routes

        • Anonymous

          aaaaand ignore the oops. Original post made sense after all. Is it time to go home yet?

          • Anonymous

            Thank you!! I prematurely panicked there. You are right that according to the map NY ave is open, so we should be good to go 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Metro’s not affected by this, right? I’m accompanying my girlfriend to Foggy Bottom to get an MRI, and I’m hoping we don’t have transit issues to deal with on top of an already crappy experience.

    • No – Metro actually benefits from these major races because it opens early (race pays for it) to accommodate racers.
      Your big delay is the massive (though needed) track work.

      • anon

        Does Metro really “benefit” from the early opening, though?

        I know they charge the event to open early… but isn’t that presumably offset by the additional traffic that Metro receives?

        Somehow I hadn’t gotten the impression that Metro was making a profit from early openings and late closures; I thought it was just covering its costs.

        Perhaps Metro _should_ be charging these events enough to make a profit. These events make it a pain for other users to use the system.

        • anon

          it costs metro 29,500 an hour to run. if a BUNCH of people will use the metro during these off hours, such as for the race, then they do benefit.

  • anon

    Headed out to run errands around 11 a.m. this morning, and it was a total clusterf***.

    I did look at the route when it was posted here, but the map took so long to load/zoom that I wasn’t fully aware of the route being closer to my neighborhood than I had thought.

  • What a great benefit

    For anyone who thinks these things aren’t a total nightmare for residents, explain to me why it took me 2 hours to get from DCA to Columbia Heights. Of course, this was compounded by cops closing every imaginable route north, not knowing any workable way around, not providing any through-points, and by me ultimately having to drive into Anacostia, then south to Columbia Heights. Of course, all the southbound traffic was also at a standstill. So, as far as I’m concerned, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon can f itself. A little courtesy for those of us who have to actually suffer through this would go a long way, like maybe providing even a single point to cross north to south somewhere even remotely near the major bridges and streets. But what do I know – I’m not a selfish runner.

    • Anonymous

      i’m sorry you got jumbled up by this.
      you could have taken 395—> 4th street tunnel —–> new jersey ave —->RIA —– north capitol ——> irving.

    • Anonymous

      “if there are any questions regarding traffic access points during the races are advised to please call 202-727-9099.”

      did anyone try this?

  • Anonymous

    Late to the game here… but there was absolutely NO signage on the streets surrounding my place in Columbia Heights indicating that my car would be completely inaccessible and that traffic would be at a standstill. I parked my car on Friday night thinking I’d skip town early the next morning for Baltimore, but not so. I have no problem with a race as long as I’m made aware of the route and the street closures so I can plan appropriately. (I caught this post late.) Kudos, however, to the Police Dept. for tweeting the tail ends of the race and the street openings in realtime. It was this race’s saving grace if you ask me!

    • me

      ha, whoops! swapped the fields and now you all have my email address! here comes the spam!

      • Prince Of Petworth

        deleted it for ya! 🙂

        • me

          awesome! you’s da best, PoPville!


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