15 Mar 2012

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon This Saturday

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This week is turning into quite the carnival on Capitol Hill.  We started with elephants and clowns parading through our streets, and the week ends with thousands of runners racing through the area (and greater Washington) as part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2012.  (Throw in a giant music and drinking festival at RFK for St. Patrick’s Day and we’re one monkey away from a “Hangover” movie.)

The Rock ‘n’ Roll event is comprised of a full marathon, a half marathon, and a two-person relay, all of which start at 8:00 a.m. at C and 19th Streets NE.  While the race course does traverse Northwest DC and parts of Arlington as well, it starts and ends near RFK so a good portion of the Hill Northeast will be affected by road closures.  A full course map can be found here.  A full list of closed roads along with the start and end times of closures can be found here, though this chart can be a little challenging.  There is also a chart of route crossing locations for vehicular traffic, but these are very limited and at the discretion of traffic control officers.  Most road closures will be lifted by 2:00 p.m.  If you are driving this weekend on the Hill, plan ahead and allow extra time, decide to only head south on Saturday, or brave the weekend schedules of Metro.

Festivities actually start Thursday and continue into Friday at the Fitness Expo held at the DC Armory.  True to its name, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon offers live music at locations all along the race course, with diverse acts covering rock, blues, jazz, electronic, and other genres.  A complete list is on the event website.

Volunteer opportunities are still available, so if you are feeling trapped by road closures, why not pitch in and help at the start/finish line, or just grab your noisemakers and cheer on the participants?

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