Road closures, parking restrictions accompany this Saturday's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Thousands of runners from around the world will hit the streets of Washington D.C. Saturday for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
As 17,000 athletes take on the marathon, half-marathon and 5K, streets along the route will be off-limits to vehicles starting early Saturday morning.
Some of the streets will be shut down to traffic starting at 2 a.m., but drivers won’t be able to park vehicles on the road starting at midnight.
Cars can get ticketed or towed if they’re left on the street.
Roads will reopen to traffic at 3 p.m.
The starting line for the full marathon is at 14th Street NW and Constitution Avenue. It wraps around the city, with the finish line at the DC Armory.
“In the shadows of the Washington Monument, everything around you is so historic and iconic there’s no other start experience like that," race director Adam Zocks said. "And just running through all the different neighborhoods of D.C. and seeing all the different sights and everything. It’s great to bring people from around the world to this location and be a part of this event."
Runners are traveling from all 50 states and 57 countries. The youngest participant is a 12-year-old girl from Texas and the oldest is an 83-year-old man from Alabama.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon draws a big crowd of athletes and even some running newbies.
“Like I, I don’t even work out,” Alexandria's Richa Mishra said with a laugh.
Mishra said she’s lacing up her shoes for a cause and only started training a few weeks ago.
“So, I never even tried. I heard from someone if you can do 10 (miles), you will be able to do 13. So I did 11 so I’m pretty sure I will do it,” she said.
Along with the runners, other organizations are gathering on Saturday to cheer on the athletes and honor military men and women.
“We have 100 posters of faces of the fallen service members that have given the ultimate sacrifice in the global war on terror followed by 170, that we have signed up, volunteers in our blue shirts holding full-size American flags cheering them through the mile,” said Beth Stitt, with “Wear Blue: Run To Remember.”
“You can expect to see a lot of excited runners to be finally out there," Zocks said. "They’re been preparing for months and months to be ready to run either a 13.1 or 26.2 event."
The marathon Health & Fitness Expo is taking place at the DC Armory on Thursday until 6 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.