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Runners participating in the Army Ten Miler

(Updated at 11:30 p.m.) Thousands of runners will descend on the Pentagon for the 31st annual Army Ten Miler.

The race takes runners from Arlington to D.C. and back to the Pentagon for the finish line. Registration is closed for the event, but people can still go down to the Pentagon to cheer on runners and listen to different bands that will be playing every two miles along the course.

The Arlington County Police Department is closing down a few roads around the Pentagon for the race. All roads are expected to reopen by noon.

Route 110 between Rosslyn and Crystal City in both directions and S. Eads Street from Army Navy Drive to the Pentagon  will be closed at 5 a.m. Memorial Bridge and the southbound HOV lane on I-395 to S. Eads Street and the south Pentagon parking lot will also be closed at 5 a.m.

The northbound 395 HOV lanes will be closed between Crystal City and the 14th Street Bridge at 6 a.m. Washington Blvd will be closed in both directions between GW Memorial Parkway and I-395 from 7:30-10 a.m.

The following roads will be closed between 8 a.m. and noon:

  • Army Navy Drive between S. Eads Street and 12th Street S.
  • 12th Street S. between S. Eads Street and Long Bridge Drive
  • Long Bridge Drive between 12th Street S. and Boundary Channel Drive

Participants and spectators are encouraged to use the Pentagon or Pentagon City Metro Stations to get to the race.

If you’re participating in the race, or just like beer, one way to celebrate is to head to Shirlington for the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest, hosted by Capital City Brewing Company. The festival is free to attend but offers a $30 beer sampling ticket, which can be bought at the gate.

There will be more than 65 breweries and authentic German food and music to celebrate the German folk festival. The Shirlington Oktoberfest was rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11 due to the nor’easter last weekend.

It’s a three-day weekend for Arlington Public Schools students, who have off on Monday due to Columbus Day. Arlington County courts, the Sheriff’s office and the Department of Motor Vehicles will also be closed, but county government offices will be open.

Metro and Metrobus will be operating on Saturday schedules for Columbus Day. ARLnow.com will be operating on a normal reporting schedule for the holiday.

Feel free to discuss the Army Ten-Miler, Shirlington Oktoberfest or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

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