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Early Warning on Marathon

We've had several discussions lately about the difficulties of getting around during big weekend events, so I thought I'd post this early warning about the Marine Corps Marathon coming up Sunday.

Many roads will be closed, with many different agencies responsible for the closures. (I think that's part of what gets us into trouble with these things. Sometimes, interagency communication has not been what it should be.)

Here's a link to a pdf page on the Marathon Web site that lists the street closings, the times and the jurisdictions involved. Here's a link to a map of the route through eastern Arlington and through the mall and Potomac River areas of the District. Travelers should expect delays through the area and add extra time.

Also, the Fern Street, Hayes Street and Eads Street Pentagon parking lots will be closed beginning 7 p.m. on Friday and remain closed until 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The marathon starts Sunday at 7:50 a.m. for wheelchair and hand cycle participants and at 8 a.m. for runners.

Metro will start service at 5 a.m. Marathon participants should use the Pentagon Station on the Blue and Yellow lines. (We'll still be on Daylight Saving Time this weekend, so no need to set the clocks back on Saturday night. Standard Time resumes on Nov. 4.)

Metrobuses that normally use the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated on Sunday to the Pentagon City
Metrorail station between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you normally travel to the Pentagon Metrorail station and transfer to a Metrobus, you'll need to ride to the Pentagon City Station on the Blue or Yellow lines to catch the bus.

Metro expects that more than 30,000 runners, volunteers, and spectators will use the trains. The most heavily used stations are likely to be Rosslyn, Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon.

Extra Blue Line trains will operate between 5 a.m. and 8:15 a.m, and again from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blue Line trains will depart every seven and a half minutes from the Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory stations.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 24, 2007; 8:04 AM ET
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Wow, open at 5 a.m.? This will be good for all the drunks who like to stay out and party 'til "tha early morn."

Anyway, I'm happy that these closures won't affect me since I have no plans or intentions of driving into this DC this weekend. In fact, I generally avoid DC on the weekends, since I have to commute over here during the workweek.

Posted by: YourStrawberry23 | October 24, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The only drunks out at 5 AM will be Coolmax-clad fools like me, drunk on the high of marathon day finally being here after 6 months of training! And we know to get there early and use Metro. Thanks Dr. Gridlock! :0)

Posted by: Running Fool | October 24, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Running Fool = Nerd

Posted by: Anonymous | October 24, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

You're kidding me. Street closings in tabular form? You can't get an artist to make a map? Guess the Post is spending too much on multimedia that I never view.

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