Road Closures, Events Planned for Marine Corps Marathon

by ARLnow.com October 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm 5,772 42 Comments

Preparations are underway in Rosslyn, Crystal City and elsewhere in Arlington for the 37th Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 28.

The race will start at about 7:55 a.m. and the 26.2 mile course, which winds through Arlington and the District, will close at 3:00 p.m. During the marathon, Crystal City will be hosting an all-day family festival, complete with moon bounces, face painting, obstacle courses and live DJs. Rosslyn will be hosting the marathon’s finish festival, featuring live bands, a beer garden and free massages for runners.

The Arlington County Police Department is planning to close the following roads and highways to make way for the 30,000 runners expected to participate in the race.

  • 4:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Route 110 ramp from Washington Boulevard to Route 110
  • 4:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Marshall Drive from N. Meade Street to Route 110
  • 4:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Route 110 from I-66 to U.S. Highway 1
  • 4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. N. Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street
  • 4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wilson Boulevard from N. Nash Street to Route 110
  • 4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lynn Street from N. Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Fort Myer Drive from N. Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. N. Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway
  • 4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 19th Street N. from Lynn Street to N. Nash Street
  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Lee Highway eastbound from Lynn Street to N. Kirkwood Street
  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Spout Run Parkway from Lee Highway to GW Memorial Parkway
  • 7:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. GW Memorial Parkway from Spout Run to Key Bridge off ramp
  • 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Army Navy Drive from S. Eads Street to 12th Street S.
  • 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 15th Street S. from Crystal Drive to Eads Street
  • 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 12th Street from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive
  • 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Crystal Drive from 12th Street to 23rd Street
  • 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Long Bridge Drive from 12th Street to N. Boundary Channel Drive
  • 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. N. Boundary Channel Drive from I-395 ramps to Washington Boulevard

Temporary parking restrictions will also be in place along the marathon route.

Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA

  • Elizabeth


    • Captain_Obvious

      But they are REALLY good at exercise.

      • SomeGuy

        Many of them are also pretty good at booking hotels here and spending their money at local establishments.

        • 1RLI

          Hey…stop trying to put a positive spin on the situation. This is the Arlnow forum!!!

      • SomeGuy

        But I agree that the traffic situation is frustrating.

        • B22201

          I agree. . . I was dumb enough to get off Rt50 once after the race. . . 2 blocks from my house. . . I could see my building. . . took 1 hour to get home through the traffic.

    • Arlingtoner33

      give me a break….anyone that gets frustrated about road closeures for 1/2 a day for a marathon that takes place once a year has a problem. Use the metro, a bike or your feet if you need to get things done..

      • SouthernPrincess

        Couldn’t have said it better myself!

      • Elizabeth

        I had movers booked that day. So I can’t use my feet to move my entire apartment. This is the third marathon closure my neighborhood has had in the last two months. It is frustrating.

        • B22201

          Silly exercisers. They should narrow the entrants down to those that are actually competing vs those that are just participating in a race. If you can’t be the best, then why bother?

          • Captain_Obvious

            Because then you can put the obnoxious “26.2” sticker on your car next to your stick figure stickers…

          • malaka

            yeah and they do pretentious stuff like raising thousands of dollars for charity!

          • Captain_Obvious

            Do they all?

          • malaka

            I’d wager that more of them do than put up the 26.2 sticker….speaking from personal experience

          • Captain_Obvious

            relax, its a joke, jeez. Those stickers are pretentious though, unarguable.

          • WeiQiang

            Curious, that word “pretentious”. I supposed I’d have to know what pretense they are engaging in with a sticker/magnet/whatever. If a person actually ran a marathon, then I understand that [s]he might be proud, but I don’t think they would be pretentious … unless they only like marathons but have never run in one and are pretending that they did. I have a dog rescue sticker on my car and I actually got my dog from a shelter. Am I pretentious because I have the sticker or because I’m pretending that I’m a compassionate person?

            I think it’s arguable.

          • Captain_Obvious

            point taken. My point in the “26.2” stickers is people do it to let others know how superior they are for being able to run a marathon. Your sticker is commendable. The stick figure stickers aren’t really pretentious, just dumb.

          • WeiQiang

            not trying to harsh your displeasure, brah. i’m tempted to hate them because maybe they actually DID a marathon [and I haven’t] or are in better shape than I because they run [and I don’t] or because they have a ‘26.2’ sticker on their SUV, which also has a dirty bike and a wet kayak on the roof, suggesting that they’re on their way home from a completely active morning and it’s only 9:30 in the morning when they pull up to The Java Shack.

            Yeah, them … I hate them. Show-offs.

          • drax

            Saw a guy with a 26.2 tattoo once.

          • Josh S

            I don’t want to get too radical this morning, since it’s Friday and all, but I’m thinking that perhaps the feeling of superiority/inferiority originates elsewhere than a sticker.

          • WeiQiang

            lol. thanks for easing into it. i think that’s what novasteve is really referring to when he goes apoplectic over BMWs.

            btw, the guy i really hate at the gym is the hottie with the IronMan tattoo … him and his superfitness. heh.

          • Arlingtoner33

            Everyone and anyone that puts a college or university sticker on their car is pretentious!!! (Sarcasim).

          • Sarcasim Abudullah’s Mom

            Sarcasim! I’ve missed you!

          • Captain_Obvious

            ah, way to completely generalize a comment. Did I say all stickers? No, I was very specific.

          • Right of Center

            Yea those 26.2 stickers are really pretentious. That’s why I have and OBX sticker on my car.

          • toddo

            “Silly exercisers. They should narrow the entrants down to those that are actually competing vs those that are just participating in a race. If you can’t be the best, then why bother?”

            such a sad statement, with such a limited view…

  • kung_fubar

    Good day to stay home and read to my dog.

  • kj

    What do you read to your canine friend?

    • kung_fubar

      50 Shades of Gravy

      • CrystalMikey

        I LOL’ed

  • TheNeedlers

    I heard the winner this year is going to get yarn-bombed.

  • Trees a-falling!

    Hopefully Sandy doesn’t impact the race. Whether she does or doesn’t, however, I’m putting the over/under at homes without power at 1,000, and the over/under average time without power at 24 hours.

    Let’s build a trolley!

    • WeiQiang

      In SARWOK, we are moving the sandbags and barricades in to place.

    • Josh S

      I’ll take the over on both, please.

  • QuitGriping

    Sorry the traffic will be bad for you, but have you ever gone to the race and seen the quadriplegic runners come up the Semper Fi Hill? It is an amazing sight to behold and if they can do that then I can put up with some snarled traffic. God bless them and all who serve.

  • Old Jarhead

    I plan to run it, and IF I finish I’m putting a 26.2″ on my car because I’ll be dam PROUD of it.
    Semper Fi!

    • herpderp


      you’ve done nothing special

    • snicker


      you’ve done nothing special……

      ……he says at 1:27am……..just finishing up your Call of Duty game from mommy’s basement?

      hit reset troll….

      • herpderp

        I’ll have you know I’m at 10th Prestige

  • Ryan

    I just hate that it seems like once a month there’s some sort of service branch race that closes down a bunch of streets. For many of us who live in Crystal City, the problem isn’t that traffic will be bad, it’s that we literally can’t leave our building because the garage entrance is closed off.

    Yes I know walking or metroing is a possibility (and those are my most common forms of transportation), but often there are things I need to do in Virginia that require a car. I just wish they could sometimes use other routes that inconvenience other parts of the area.

  • Diamond Dave

    I always thought it interesting that a bunch of goofballs would pay a registration fee for the privilege to run or cycle over a route that they could run or cycle for free any other day of the year.

  • Run4$

    You obese whiner complainers are unattractive. Congrats to everyone who participated in MCM.


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