Rock 'n' Roll Marathon runs in the way of Palm Sunday
Posted April 6
Updated April 7
Raleigh, N.C. — Dot Hoover, a church regular, plans to skip Palm Sunday.
With 12,500 runners making their way through downtown Raleigh – and along her regular route to church – Hoover, 91, plans to stay away from the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.
"I come right downtown, which I come right down Glenwood Avenue," she said.
Many downtown churchgoers are wondering how they’ll get to next weekend’s Palm Sunday services and where they will park. The marathon is expected to affect more than a dozen churches.
The marathon route will take runners around downtown, including: South Blount Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, North Bloodsworth Street, Glascock Street and West Peace Street.
Runners will also hit the pavement on Hillsborough Street past North Carolina State University, Trinity Road, Edwards Mill Road around PNC Arena and Reedy Creek Road.
"There’s going to be a lot of closures and a lot of people down here – a lot of people," said Alissa English, who attends First Baptist Church on Salisbury Street.
English, who has run Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons in other cities, plans to attend church next Sunday – and leave her house 20 minutes earlier than usual.
Affected churches have gotten a head start on what race day will be like for them.
"The race organizers have done a very good job in accommodating the churches and letting the members know how to get to church," said Bill Clarke with First Baptist.
The event's website has a detailed listing of road closures, as well as alternate routes to nearly two dozen churches.