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Some Raleigh roads closed to parking, open to marathoners

Posted April 4, 2014
Updated April 10, 2014

— With 12,000-plus registered to run in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Sunday, April 13, promises to present traffic challenges in downtown Raleigh.

On Wednesday, police began posting the "No Parking" signs that will keep cars off the race route from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The following areas will be posted:

  • Reedy Creek Road;
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Blount Street;
  • Pullen and Hillsborough Street heading east;
  • Pullen and Hillsborough Street heading west; and,
  • McDowell Street and Blount Street.

The area around the start and finish lines – Davie Street between Salisbury and Fayetteville streets – will be closed to traffic beginning Saturday so that organizers can set up.  

Police will patrol the entire race course early Sunday and tow any cars left in the no parking zone.

Maj. Stacy Deans of the Raleigh Police Department advised all Raleigh residents to educate themselves on the race route and timing.

"We're going to do the very best we can in conjunction with Rock 'n' Roll organizers to help folks get through, but it will assist them greatly if they will plan ahead," he said.

Organizers have been working for months with downtown churches to plan alternate access for congregants headed to Sunday services.

Race participants and those who wish to join the festivities will have access to three parking decks in downtown Raleigh:

Blount Street Deck, at 314 S. Blount St. 

Moore Square Deck, at 233 S. Wilmington St. and

Wilmington Station Deck, at 115 S. Wilmington St.

Roads will be closed starting at 6 a.m. April 13 and city officials recommend that those seeking to park downtown be in place by that time.

Roads will open to traffic after runners have cleared the area. Race organizers said they expect all roads to be open after 4 p.m.

Race route, concert locations

The marathon begins and ends in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and runners will wind their way east to Chavis Park, north through the Oakwood neighborhood before making a turn to the west. The course passes William Peace University and Cameron Village. Runners of the half marathon make the turn on the campus of North Carolina State University and head back to the start/finish line. Those who choose to run the full 26.2-mile marathon continue west on Hillsborough Street and past PNC Arena before circling back downtown.

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  • ahkeephan66 Apr 12, 2014

    YOU ARE THE HYPOCRITE I SPEAK OF .LOOK UP THE DEFINITION IN WEBSTERS TSQUARING

  • tsquaring Apr 12, 2014

    Let the dead bury the dead.

  • ahkeephan66 Apr 12, 2014

    ALL THE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS ON THIS PAGE WHO ARE APALLED THAT YOU PALM SUNDAY IS RUINED ARE THE MEANING OF HYPOCRITE.DID JESUS TELL YOU NOT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED SUCH AS CANCER VICTIMS? THIS BENEFITS THE VFOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH.IM SURE JESUS WOULD NOT WANT THAT HAPPENING WOULD HE? I JUST LOVE HYPOCRITES AND I HOPE THIS ONE SUNDAY OUT OF 52 DOESN'T RUIN YOUR PRECIOUS LIVES.

  • Classified Apr 11, 2014

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    Sounds like the mind of an eight year old.

  • Bill Brasky Apr 11, 2014

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    Dix is part of the route, but they can't fit 13.1 miles in it for the half marathon, and if they did try that, the Rock n Roll marathon would attract about 100 runners.

  • Classified Apr 11, 2014

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    Well, you'd be the authority on anything loony.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 11, 2014

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    Better yet, why not hold the marathon inside the abandoned Dix Hospital? They can run the halls and it would make for a great Haunted Rock N Roll Looney Bin Marathon.

  • Classified Apr 11, 2014

    Tell you what, if you want to go to church, go. If you have to walk a block or two, oh well, it’ll probably do you some good. Don’t like crowds, stay home. It doesn't get simpler than that. This event is going to happen and no amount of incessant whining is going to change it.

  • dwntwnboy2 Apr 11, 2014

    " Waste of doallrs and resources"- actually not. The city will make more back than they spent on the event. It takes money to make money- ask any rich person. We will wind up with more in the city coffers at the end of the weekend than we started with at the beginning of the week- and that's a good thing for the city. To those complaining about it being Palm Sunday- no churches are closed, no services are being cancelled- what is the problem? It may take a few minutes longer to get to where you are going- and the race folks mapped it out for you already. To those folks who aren't christian- it's just another Sunday.

  • dwntwnboy2 Apr 11, 2014

    "Why didn't they just hold the marathon on the Dix property roads?"- when that property is a park under the control of the city of Raleigh, I'm hoping they WILL use those roads, there are a couple of miles of roads that could be used there, but the city can't just use that property yet for whatever they want, it's still in control of the State.

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