TRAFFIC ALERT: 44th Annual Marine Corps Marathon

Published on October 18, 2019

mcm.png UPDATE (October 26, 2019) — Game 5 of the World Series will take place at Nationals Park on Sunday, October 27 at 8:07 p.m. Fans traveling to the game, associated watch parties or other events should be aware of traffic impacts and road closures in place related to the Marine Corps Marathon earlier in the day. Increased pedestrian traffic can be expected in the Crystal City and Rosslyn areas and on the Metro's Blue, Orange and Silver lines. Allow extra travel time to reach destinations in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia and make use of public transportation options when available.


Fans headed to Navy Yard for the games or watch parties are encouraged to sign up for free alerts from the District Government on transit, traffic, weather, safety and more by texting "NATS" to 888-777. Additional information regarding safety and World Series event information is available on the Sports Capital DC website.

Arlington, Va. - The 44th annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), the MCM 10K, and the MCM 50K will take place on Sunday, October 27, 2019.  Opening ceremonies begin at 6:00 AM, followed by the 50K starting at 7:30 AM, the wheelchair/hand cycle division starting at 7:40 AM, and the Marathon at 7:55 AM, all on Route 110 in Arlington County, Virginia.

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD), Virginia State Police (VSP), United States Park Police (USPP), and Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) will be closing multiple roadways in support of these events.  Additionally, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and USPP will close multiple roadways in Washington, D.C., in support of race operations.  Please contact these agencies directly for information regarding their road closures.
Road Closures

The following road closures will take place in Arlington County on race day:

3:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m.    Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110

3:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m.    North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to North Lynn Street

3:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.    Route 110 from I-66 to Richmond Highway

3:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.    Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110

3:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.    Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway

3:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.    Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway

3:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.    North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway

3:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.    19th Street North from North Lynn Street to North Nash Street

3:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.    Route 110 ramp from Washington Blvd. to Pentagon North parking

6:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  Lee Highway (eastbound) from North Lynn Street to Kirkwood Road

6:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  Spout Run Parkway from southbound George Washington

Memorial Parkway (GWMP) to Lee Highway

6:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  GWMP northbound from Spout Run to Memorial Circle Drive

6:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)

6:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  I-66 Westbound ramp for Exit 75

6:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  I-66 Eastbound ramp for Exit 73

6:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.    HOV lanes from 14th Street Southwest to HOV ramp at South Eads Street

5:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.    South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive

5:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.    Army Navy Drive from South Fern Street to 12th Street South

6:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m. 15th Street South from Crystal Drive to South Eads Street

6:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.    12th Street South from South Eads Street to Crystal Drive

6:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.    Crystal Drive from 12th Street South to 23rd Street South

6:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.    Long Bridge Drive from 12th Street South to I-395

6:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.    6th Street South from Long Bridge Drive to South Ball Street

6:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.    10th Street South from Long Bridge Drive to South Ball Street

6:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.    South Ball Street from 6th Street South to 10th Street South

3:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.    Boundary Channel Drive from I-395 to Pentagon North Parking

3:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.    Washington Blvd. from Columbia Pike to Memorial Circle

(southbound lanes will reopen at approximately 9:30 AM)

*** The listed re-opening times are approximate and will be dictated by the course cleanup efforts.  Other roads not listed above may be closed at law enforcement discretion to meet the needs of the event. ***

At 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, October 26, 2019, North Kent Street will be closed from Wilson Boulevard to 19th Street North and will re-open at the conclusion of the MCM on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Street parking in the area will be restricted and motorists should be on the lookout for temporary "No Parking" signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and towed, if your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-558-2222.
Getting Around on Race Day

The Marine Corps Marathon recommends that runners arrive two (2) hours prior to start time, proceed through the security checkpoint, drop off bags, and line up in the appropriate corral.

Runners, spectators and volunteers are strongly encouraged to use ridesharing, public and multimodal transportation options. Runners arriving by vehicle are encouraged to make use of Shuttle Services offered by the Marine Corps Marathon or the Kiss and Run drop-off location at Army Navy Drive and South Fern Street. Additional information about getting to the race start and finish is available on the Marine Corps Marathon website.

Designated rideshare drop-off and pick-up zones has been established at the following locations:

Morning events in Crystal City — Amy Navy Drive at S. Fern Street

Afternoon events in Crystal City — 2400 block of Crystal Drive

Finish Festival — 1900 block of Lee Highway

NOTE: E-Scooters and bicycles will not be allowed inside certain restricted areas of the event, riders may be directed by law enforcement to either turn around or park the equipment and walk to their destination. 

The Metro will open at 6:00 a.m. on race day. The closest Metro access to the start is the Pentagon station on the Blue and Yellow lines. The Arlington Cemetery Station is the only station that will remain closed on Marathon morning until 8:30 a.m.

Motorists should expect significant delays in and around the race course.  If you are travelling to the event or in the area, allow extra time, seek alternate routes, or utilize public or multimodal transportation options to reduce road congestion.
Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

Law enforcement throughout the National Capital Region work collectively to keep runners, spectators and volunteers safe on race day, however, safety is everyone's responsibility. The public is encouraged to be vigilant and attentive, particularly in areas with large crowds of people. Suspicious person(s), items, vehicles and unattended packages should be reported immediately to police for investigation. Spectators and runners may report information directly to police personnel stationed throughout the race route or by calling 703-558-2222 or 911 in an emergency.

More: Learn about the See Something, Say Something® Campaign and how to report suspicious activity
Stay Informed

Register for Arlington Alert to receive emergency alerts and other important information from Arlington County Government. In the event of a weather-related emergency or unforeseen circumstance, follow police direction.

For more information regarding the 44th Marine Corps Marathon, visit event website.