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Marine Corps Marathon: What you need to know

The 42nd Marine Corps Marathon starts just before 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — The 42nd Marine Corps Marathon starts just before 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. Here’s what you need to know about road closures, Metro and more:

When and where

The Marine Corps Marathon and the Marine Corps 10K both start at 7:55 a.m. The 10K starts on the National Mall; the marathon, in Arlington. They both finish at the Marine War Memorial in Arlington.

Here’s a map of the course:

The course of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)

You can also find the map on the Marine Corps Marathon website.

Road closures

In Arlington County

  • 3:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.: Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110
  • 3:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.: North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street
  • 3:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.: Route 110 from I-66 to Jefferson Davis Highway
  • 3:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.: Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110
  • 3:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.: Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 3:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.: Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 3:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.: North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway
  • 3:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.: 19th Street North from Lynn Street to North Nash Street
  • 3:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.: Route 110 ramp from Washington Blvd. to Pentagon North parking
  • 5:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.: Exit 8B, Southbound 395 exit to Southbound Route 1. Motorists seeking to enter Crystal City are advised to continue south, take exit 7 (Glebe Road), and make a left at the traffic signal to travel south on Glebe Road.  Continue south for approximately 2 miles, where Glebe Road intersects with both S. Eads Street and Route 1. Both thoroughfares lead into Crystal City.
  • 6:30 a.m. – noon: Lee Highway (eastbound) from Lynn Street to North Kirkwood Street
  • 6:30 a.m. – noon: Spout Run Parkway from southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) to Lee Highway
  • 6:30 a.m. – noon: GWMP from Spout Run to Memorial Circle Drive
  • 6:30 a.m. – noon: Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)
  • 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street
  • 5 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.: South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive
  • 5 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.: Army Navy Drive from South Fern Street to 12th Street South
  • 7:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: 15th Street South from Crystal Drive to South Eads Street
  • 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.: 12th Street South from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive
  • 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Crystal Drive from 12th Street South to 23rd Street South
  • 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Longbridge Drive from 12th Street South to I-395
  • 3:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Boundary Channel Drive from I-395 to Pentagon North Parking
  • 3:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Washington Blvd. from Columbia Pike to Memorial Circle (southbound lanes will reopen at about 9:30 a.m.)

In D.C.

The D.C. police say the following roads will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. and will reopen by 1 p.m.:

  • Francis Scott Key Bridge
  • Canal Road NW from M Street NW to Reservoir Road NW (local traffic only up to 44th Street and Foxhall Road NW)
  • Reservoir Road NW from MacArthur Boulevard NW to Canal Road NW (local traffic only up to 44th Street and Foxhall Road NW)
  • MacArthur Boulevard NW from Foxhall Road NW to Reservoir Road NW (local traffic only up to 44th Street and Foxhall Road NW)
  • Foxhall Road NW from Canal Road NW to MacArthur Boulevard NW (local traffic only up to 44th Street and Foxhall Road NW)
  • M Street NW from Canal Road NW to Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Wisconsin Avenue NW from M Street NW to K Street NW
  • K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue NW to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 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 SW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Independence Avenue SW – from Maine Avenue SW to Ohio Drive SW
  • Ohio Drive SW between independence Avenue SW and Lincoln Circle SW
  • Lincoln Circle SW from Ohio Drive SW to Henry Bacon Drive NW
  • 23rd Street NW from Lincoln Circle NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW from Bacon Drive NW to 15th Street NW
  • 15th Street from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • 3rd Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence SW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street NW to East Capitol Circle NW
  • 1st Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW from South Capitol Circle SW to 3rd Street SW
  • Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street, SW to 15th Street, SW
  • 14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive, SW to Northbound HOV lanes
  • HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to the HOV ramp at South Eads Street NW

Westbound M Street will remain open up to Wisconsin Ave NW.  Motorists will be forced to turn north on Wisconsin Avenue NW from M Street NW or east from Wisconsin Avenue NW to M Street NW.  Westbound M Street NW will remain open unless otherwise determined.

See a map of the closures, along with driving advice from WTOP’s own Dave Dildine (click the car icons):

Metro

Metro will open early for the race —  at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Other transport

Shuttle buses will run from Crystal City to the Runners Village from 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.; from the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor to the Runners Village from 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and to the Eisenhower Metro station from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.; from Rosslyn to Crystal City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from the Eisenhower Metro to the Gaylord from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking

Parking is free at Crystal City, Pentagon City and the Gaylord.

Other MCM events

The weekend starts with the Packet Pickup for the Marine Corps Marathon and the MCM10K, as well as a variety of events at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, at National Harbor, beginning Friday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More marathon events can be found at the Marine Corps Marathon site.

More information

For more information on the Marine Corps Marathon, including profiles of some of the runners, visit WTOP’s Marine Corps Marathon page.


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