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Raleigh 10K run will change traffic

Posted November 14, 2008

— Drivers in Raleigh can expect traffic changes Sunday during the 25th Annual Old Reliable Run , the largest and longest-running 10K in the state, according to the organization’s Web site.

A 5K run/walk will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the 10K at 2 p.m., a 1 mile fun run/walk at 3:30 p.m. and a 100 yard kids dash at 3:45 p.m.

A map shows the running route.

Raleigh police anticipate the following traffic changes:

  • Pullen Road will close from the Pullen Roundabout to Hillsborough Street from about 12:50 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Dan Allen Drive will be closed from Yarbrough Drive north to Hillsborough Street from about 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Hillsborough Street will be closed from Ashe Avenue to Enterprise from 1 to 3 p.m. and from Enterprise to Dixie Trail during the 10K from 2 to 3 p.m.

The race benefits Triangle United Way-supported programs to improve health, education, income and safety for youth, families and seniors in Durham, Orange and Wake counties.


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  • butchrobertson Nov 14, 2008

    I work many of the races in Raleigh, including this one. Race Directors are limited by the Police as to which roads they can use. Major North/South and East/West corridors have to remain open. For example, you can use Hillsborough St because Western Blvd and Wade Ave are alternates. You can either use Dawson and McDowell or Blount and Person, but not both. Many areas of Raleigh are very scenic or good for running, but not for racing because of the hills.

    Another factor that enters in is that major intersections in Raleigh are flat and do not have an overpass. This makes roads like Six Forks and Millbrook intersection, for example, out of the question.

    Also, Raleigh is one of the few major cities in the nation that does not allow races during church. The marathon began at 7:00 AM and vacated the Downtown area, where numerous churches are located, by 8:00 AM. They worked very closely with the RPD to coordinate traffic to allow churchgoers to get Downtown.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Nov 14, 2008

    I wonder how much sales tax revenue is brought in by these big running events that attract people from other communities. Try to see the positive.

  • One flew over Randy_s nest Nov 14, 2008

    The street closings for the marathon a couple of weeks ago were posted on the Raleigh city homepage and communicated to the churches three weeks before the event. If you couldn't get to church that day, you simply didn't pay attention beforehand.
    Most people keep themselves informed, while others expect that others will feed them information.
    Instead of complaining about the street closings, how about taking part in the events instead? I'm sure most of you could benefit from the exercise.
    I was at the marathon a couple of weeks ago and saw a family pull out of their driveway at 8.30 and got very upset when the course monitor told them they had to find a different route. The family used language that wasn't suitable for church and argued that they needed to go down Hillsborough street because they were already late for church that started at 8.00. I guess they should have kept themselves informed. They would have been at least 45 minutes late even if there had been no race.

  • ncwebguy Nov 14, 2008

    You aren't the only people who ever lose "their" streets.

    When I ran the Old Reliable (the N&O's old slogan, before it became less reliable due to more staff working hours away in Charlotte) it went northwest from downtown past the Govenor's mansion and only went as far west as the NC State Memorial Bell Tower.

    The bicycle event (criterium?) closes off the area around Moore Square every year. Heck parades and other events make downtown unpassable a lot more often than the two road races that affect West Raleigh and the zero events in North Raleigh. We just know how to plan, and support/enjoy the festivities instead of complain about it.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Nov 14, 2008

    I live in Cameron Village, and there are times when I can't drive down Everett on a Sunday to make it to the Harris Teeter to do some shopping. Other times, I can't drive across Hillsborough Street to go up to Mission Valley. On Nov 2, my church was nearly empty on All Saints (a major festival in the church) because parishioners can't make it to the church.

    While I like the fact that Raleigh supports athletic events, Raleigh should more evenly disrupt the lives of its residents.

  • brand7976 Nov 14, 2008

    I think you'd be surprised at my donations. You also might see things differently if the cops blocked your driveway on a regular basis just so people from other communities could exercise in the middle of the street.

  • TJPC Nov 14, 2008

    LOL Brand - your comments are too funny. First off a 10K is 6.2 miles not 26.2 like a marathon. And stop donating to the United Way because of a little inconvenience? I am sure you are donating a hefty amount already....

  • verboten Nov 14, 2008

    My, my, what a tantrum!

  • brand7976 Nov 14, 2008

    ANOTHER MARATHON?! They just closed down West Raleigh a couple weeks ago with no detours. Isn't there some other group they could inconvenience? Or better yet, couldn't they hold the entire event in Umstead Park? The city of Raleigh keeps using this route because it only affects students and low-income residents who don't have the connections to oppose it.

    This repeated closing of major traffic thoroughfares has to stop. Oh, well, I guess I'll just strike the United Way from organizations I donate to.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Nov 14, 2008

    I guess this is better than the marathon ran a couple of weeks ago. I had to detour to Cary & never could make it to Mission Valley.