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Road Closures Planned for Pentagon City 5K Race

by ARLnow.com February 10, 2012 at 11:00 am 2,560 15 Comments

Arlington County Police will close a number of streets in the Pentagon City area Sunday morning for the annual Love The Run You’re With 5K race.

The race will start and end in front of Pentagon Row. Planned road closures include:

  • South Joyce St. between South 15th St. and Army Navy Dr. will be closed from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
  • Army Navy Dr. between South Joyce St. and South 25th St. will be closed from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Arlington County also issued the following parking advice.

Race attendees are encouraged to use Metro however, if driving please utilize the parking garage at the Pentagon City Mall.

In addition, street parking in the area will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-228-4252.

The race features three different entry categories: “Co-Dependent” (in a relationship), “Stupid Cupid” (single), “Love ’em or Leave ’em” (it’s complicated). Registrants will receive a race bib with a color corresponding to their respective relationship status.

  • awh hells bells

    A four hour closure for a 5k race? Perhaps some of the participants should be doing a little more roadwork on their own before partaking in a competition. Oh right…I’ve forgotten in this day in age “we’re all winners!”

    • CW

      What’s your 5k PR?

      • CrystalMikey

        +1

      • awh hells bells

        What business is it of yours to know my 5k best, friendo? I’m not trying to kick-off a pissing match but I’ll take the bait: 19:23.

        Maybe my understanding of logistics is a bit distorted but I figured there would be a ‘crew’ (consisting of a pick-up or two) assigned to each mile to set-up and take down signage, ect; I doubt it’d take 4 hours. Race officials are probably airing on the side of caution and everything will probably be taken down before 11am.

        But you’re right I loathe people who’re out of shape (i.e. fat) who want to compete. Hell let’s impose an obese tax and really take a bite out of our debt.

        Sorry Uncle Hulka, but this Big Toe is a “lean,mean,fightin’ machine.”

        • drax

          You’re spouting off about something you know nothing about.

          You are typical – walk in, run for 20 minutes, leave, with no appreciation or awareness of the hours of work and preparation it takes to organize a run or similar event.

          I like “airing” on the side of caution though. You should shut up while you’re ahead.

          • awh hells bells

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        • CrystalMikey

          Yeah, try volunteering for a race sometime to appreciate the logistical side of these types of events. That being said, if an organizer can get extra time to have a course open it does nothing but benefit them and allows walkers to take in the course as well.

        • CW

          Thanks for being honest; you’ve got me beat by about a minute. You also would have tied for 45th in last year’s race, which isn’t bad either. Though, personally, I’d want to bedown under 16:00 before I started flat-out mocking other runners.

          The walkers take less than an hour so, yes, I would conjecture that most of this 4-hour window is for logistics, not because of fat people on the course. Have you ever taken down crown control barriers or tried to sweep up a couple thousand gatorade cups?

          • Michael H.

            +1

            The course isn’t being held open to let people take 4 hours to finish a 5K. I would think that’s pretty obvious, even to the self-anointed local elites. The anti-“we’re all winners” tirades are just as tiresome as the “problem” that you are complaining about.

            How does a walker hurt a sub-20:00 5K runner? (By the way, I don’t fall into either of those categories myself. I’m closer to the 20:00 mark than the 60:00 mark, but I don’t care if there are walkers in the race. Just as long as people understand that if they are slower, they shouldn’t line up at the front of the pack, for courtesy’s sake.)

    • drax

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      • awh hells bells

        Oh great, I’ve incurred the wrath of a fat apologist. Please step off your pulpit and open your eyes to a little humor.

  • Quoth the Raven

    I’m sure the four hour closure has nothing to do with setting up the race, putting up signs, taking down signs, etc. No, just go right ahead and slam the runners for being out of shape.

    In other words, as Sgt Hulka said, “Lighten up, Francis.”

    • CrystalMikey

      Well said.

  • wimmer201

    I’m signed up… but its supposed to be frickin freezing Mr. Bigglesworth. This could be a game time decision….

  • ArlFan

    The four hour span does not apply to the entire course. The short block in front of the Pentagon Row ice rink will be, in reality, closed 0800-1030 for start/finish line set up with the rest of the course closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 0830 (S Joyce street) or 0845 (Army Navy Drive) until 1015.
    The extended hours are a worst case scenario. Equipment drops and pick ups ok course are done outside closure times with ACPD coverage but we tend to have those completed by 1015 as we follow last runner and pick up materials.

    Hope that helps! -Pacers

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