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Marine Corps Marathon Is Sunday

Take Metrorail on Sunday to avoid congestion, whether you're going to the event or just trying to get around it.

Here's a map of the course. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. and end late Sunday afternoon.

The transit authority just announced its plans for the day:

Metrorail will open at 5 a.m., two hours earlier than usual. Metrobuses that normally use the Pentagon Transit Center on Sunday will be relocated to the Pentagon City Metrorail station between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. So if you normally go to Pentagon Metrorail station and transfer to a Metrobus, you'll need to ride to the Pentagon City Metrorail station on the Blue and Yellow lines to catch your bus.

While I recommend Metrorail anytime there's a major weekend event, you should know that the transit authority expects that more than 30,000 runners, volunteers, and spectators will use the trains. The most heavily used stations are likely to be Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery.

There will be extra trains on the Blue Line between 5 and 8:15 a.m., and again from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those trains are scheduled to operate every seven and a half minutes between the Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory. Outside that zone, it's regular service. All Blue Line trains will continue to leave the Largo Town Center Station every 15 minutes.

Participants in this or any other of our local races should use a SmarTrip electronic fare card or put their paper fare cards in a plastic cover. Some racers who use the paper fare cards find they become demagnitized from sweat.

D.C. police and U.S. park police will close streets and bridges along the race route in the District between 4 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Here's the long list:

-- Key Bridge
-- Canal Road NW from M Street to Reservoir Road
-- Reservoir Road NW from MacArthur Blvd. to Canal Road
-- MacArthur Boulevard NW from Foxhall Road to Reservoir Road
-- Foxhall Road NW from Canal Road to MacArthur Boulevard
-- M Street NW from Canal Road to Wisconsin Avenue
-- Wisconsin Ave NW from M Street to K Street
-- K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
-- Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW from Pennsylvania Avenue ramp to Ohio Drive
-- Memorial Bridge
-- West Potomac Park
-- East Potomac Park (Access to Golf Course and Tennis Courts will be available.)
-- Maine Avenue SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue
-- Independence Avenue, SW from Maine Avenue to Ohio Drive
-- Ohio Drive, SW between Independence Avenue and Lincoln Circle
-- Lincoln Circle from Ohio Drive SW to 23rd Street, NW
-- 23rd Street NW from Lincoln Circle to Constitution Avenue
-- Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street to 15th Street
-- 15th Street from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
-- 17th Street from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue SW
-- Madison Drive NW from 14th Street to 3rd Street
-- 3rd Street, NW from Pennsylvania Ave NW to Maryland Avenue SW
-- Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street to East Capitol Circle
-- 1st Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Ave., SW
-- Maryland Avenue SW from South Capitol Circle to 3rd Street
-- Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street to 14th Street
-- 14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes
-- HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street

Police say they will reopen the roadways as soon as possible provided doing so does not interfere with the race.

HOV Lanes
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the reversible HOV lanes on I-95/395 will remain open for southbound traffic only from 1 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Sunday, because of the marathon.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 22, 2008; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Driving , Events , transit  
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Why don't they have this marathon from midnight to 5:00 am? Why should my life be disrupted because a bunch of self-indulgent, anorexic yuppes want to run around and look at the sights of Washington? Why should I have to take the Metro when I need to get downtown?

Posted by: DCTom28 | October 24, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

To: DCTom28
What a wonderful way you have of welcoming visitors and guests to your beautiful city. In my experience most runners are considerate and polite, especially while visiting a host city, and will try not disrupt too much of your Sunday. However, try to look on the upside. The marathoners will be spending money in WDC on air fare, hotels, food, sightseeing, etc. that will benefit the local economy in somewhat tough economic times. Not to mention the millions of dollars that are raised annually for numerous charities, like Team in Training, by these same runners. I would like to tell everyone back home what a great time we had and how well we have been treated by Washingtonians during our visit.

Posted by: Tourist1 | October 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Certainly the entire route will not have all roads closed the full 5+ hours... how 'bout a map showing likely road closings by time... several maps beginning with roads closed for first hour... then second hour.... etc.

route map alone even with road closings is a little crude... leaving a lotta quesstions.

for example, when will the Key Bridge be closed? Both ways? One way? Which way?

When will the roads close and re-open for those trying to get to church? I was around for the famous fight between a church on Cap Hill and the commandant when the surrounded the church. Posting when which roads would be closed worked for a couple years.. but problem returned. In the second battle, The commandant lost.


Posted by: ren3fro | October 25, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I had been driving around DC for 3+ hours today. Just wanted to get to Holy Trinity Church for my home in Northern Virginia. No, I don't have any alerts coming to me Inbox about the Marathon (but will today!), but I think signage should be done Offline as well. Perhaps posting big signs at many or all of the race intersections near bridges and such. I realize it would be a lot of time, but like the other poster above who was upset about the lack of courtesy towards the locals during the race, I think we are always left out of the loop. Even the entire week could have been devoted on the news shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX that there will be bridge/road closures and have a listing of them all week until their last airing, usually around 5:00 AM, Sunday. Thanks. Better luck and more sensitivity next year.

Posted by: Sally43years | October 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who lives in the affected areas who doesn't realize that there's a marathon coming up is an idiot. Period. It's been all over every news media outlet, including television.

By the way, there were a number of locals out there enjoying the nice day and getting some exercise...maybe you should get out of your cars every once in a while.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | October 27, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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