City of Oaks marathon causes Raleigh road closures

Posted November 3, 2011
Updated November 6, 2011

— The City of Oaks Marathon caused some road closures in downtown Raleigh on Sunday.

Approximately 3,500 runners and walkers are expected to participant in the marathon and half-marathon.

See a map of the race route

A list of street closures and the approximate times of those closures: 

  • Hillsborough Street closed from Pullen to Ashe: 7 - 7:15 a.m.
  • Ashe Avenue from Hillsborough to Western:  7-7:30 a.m.
  • Western Boulevard from Ashe to Dawson (both directions): 7- 7:30 a.m.
  • Boylan Avenue from Western to Morgan: 7-7:45 a.m.
  • Morgan Street from Boylan Street to Wilmington Street: 7-8 a.m.
  • Capital Boulevard southbound at Peace Stree exit: 7-8:15 a.m.
  • Dawson Street from Lane Street to Martin Street: 7- 8:15 a.m.
  • McDowell Street from Davie to Hillsborough Street: 7-8:15 a.m.
  • Wilmington Street from Morgan to Peace: 7:15-8 a.m.
  • Salisbury from Peace to Morgan: 7:15-8:15 a.m.
  • Edenton Street from Wilmington Street to Hillsborough Street merge:  7:15-8:20 a.m.
  • Hillsborough Street closed from Glenwood to Salisbury - 7- 8:15 a.m.
  • Glenwood Avenue from Peace to Hillsborough Street: 7:10-8:30 a.m.
  • Peace Street from Glenwood to merge with Clark: 7:15-8:45 a.m.
  • Clark Street closed from Oberlin to Brooks: 7:15-9 a.m.
  • Oberlin from Cameron to Hillsborough: 7:20-9 a.m.
  • Brooks from Wade to Hillsborough: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Dixie Trail from Wade to Hillsborough: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Hillsborough Street from Pullen to Blue Ridge: 7:40 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Blue Ridge (northbound) from Hillsborough to Reedy Creek: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Blue Ridge (southbound) from Reedy Creek to Wade Avenueexit: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Get a complete list of street closures

These downtown streets will remain open:


  • Person Street (one way northbound)
  • Blount Street (one way southbound)
  • Wilmington Street from South Street to Morgan Street
  • West Street from Peace to Edenton
  • Harrington Street from West to Edenton
  • Boylan from Hillsborough to Peace
  • St Mary’s from Morgan to Peace


  • Peace Street from Glenwood to Person
  • Lane Street from Dawson to McDowell
  • Jones Street from Dawson to McDowell
  • Edenton Street from McDowell to West
  • Davie Street
  • Cabarrus Street
  • South Street
  • Lenoir Street

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  • geoherb1 Nov 7, 2011

    Worse than the road closures was the way the participants parked without permission at Cameron Village. I went to Harris Teeter at 8 a.m. and could not find a parking space. I ended up parking two blocks away on Daniels Street.

  • houndog Nov 4, 2011

    How, or why rather, would any one would complain about their city hosting a very popular and fun community-oriented event? Plus, and here's a shocker for some, it's actually something that promotes, you know, general good health and well-being. I could think of few things so terrible to endure. A few minutes of road closure? The horror!

    As for having trouble with people who put stickers on their cars, why does it bother you? What actual inconvenience is it causing you? Are you so vindictive that someone who demonstrates a bit of pride in something annoys you enough to comment on it? So tell me, how is, say a 26.2 sticker, any different than a sticker promoting the college a person attended? Those are all over the Triangle, are they not? Moreover, how about those little Jesus Fish? Or the one with legs eating the Jesus Fish?

  • Hammerhead Nov 4, 2011

    People get pretty upset when they are inconvienienced every so often. Whiners. Platinum, the sticker is no different than a team bumper sticker.

  • BearPWN Nov 4, 2011

    @Platinum, we get it. Physical activity is the devil and anyone participating in said event should be persecuted because of it. Thanks for sharing.

  • geoherb1 Nov 4, 2011

    I'm glad the race doesn't go through my neighborhood. We've had our share in Mordecai already this fall.

  • Platinum Nov 4, 2011

    try again..they don't give a flip about who's watching them. - OGE

    If they didn't "give a flip" then they wouldn't put the stickers on their cars, would they? I think it's precisely because the DO give a flip that they brandish their 13.1 or 26.2 stickers. Why doesn't anyone question this? If I sported a "1600" because I scored a perfect SAT (back in the day that was a perfect score) - wouldn't you find that the slightest bit arrogant? Humility is so rare we don't even consider it a desired character trait or recognize it when we see it!

  • brand7976 Nov 4, 2011

    Why can't the route be entirely confined to Umstead park? The residents of West Raleigh have to deal with these type of events many times each year, and the proposed route will block access to Rex Hospital from the south and the entrances to the Vet Hospital entirely. I say it's because this is the poor, black side of town and city leaders know we can't fight back.

  • OGE Nov 4, 2011

    Then why do they have them? It's so even complete strangers can be awed by their brilliant athleticism.

    try again..they don't give a flip about who's watching them.

  • nomorethanthat Nov 4, 2011

    Opening up that access and the reduced speed getting to the emergency or hospital with the danger of being careful to avoid the errant runner that moves into the open space can increase the response time by upwards of 15 or more minutes and that delay can be critical. Statistics can say that the chance of an emergency during the 7-9:30 time period on Sunday morning is slight but accidents, medical emergencies and fires occur on a random basis and cannot be perdicted.

  • Groogrux Nov 4, 2011

    Interesting comments. I have many friends who are similar to me. Took up running, lost a bunch of weight and became healthier. We don't do it to show off, we do it because we enjoy it. No oval stickers on my car.