We’re approaching that time of year when weekends will be filled with a variety of running and cycling events, and that means road closures and other temporary traffic disruptions.

There will be dozens of 5k, marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and other events over the next few months, and the peak season will come in March and April, when weather will be pleasant but relatively cool.

Traffic disruptions will vary but generally speaking, the bigger the race, the bigger the headache for drivers. This is especially true for churchgoers who may encounter race traffic on their way to Sunday services.

Let’s take a look at some of the big races coming up to be aware of:

Reston 10-Miler - Sunday, March 4, Reston. The race begins at South Lakes High School in Reston and extends into the surrounding neighborhood.

St. Pat’s Run 2018 - Sunday, March 4. Washington, D.C. Watch for 5k and 10k runners near the Washington Monument and nearby attractions, as well as parts of Rock Creek Park the Tidal Basin.

Rock N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon - Saturday, March 10, Washington, D.C. The race start is near the National Mall, at Constitution Avenue and 14th Street. Look for road closures all morning through the Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and North Capitol Street Neighborhoods. Capitol Hill, Anacostia, and the Southwest Waterfront area will also be impacted.

Four Courts Four Miler - Saturday, March 10, Arlington. Popular event run by Pacers Running store through the Courthouse area of Arlington.

Fort Hunt 10K - Sunday, March 11, Alexandria. Five laps around the perimeter of Fort Hunt Park.

Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. Sunday, April 8, Washington, D.C. This hugely popular run will bring more than 15,000 runners around the Tidal Basin, Haines Point, and parts of Rock Creek Park.

This is just a sampling of the notable races coming up, and keep in mind that there are many informal group runs at various locations in the region. Keep alert for runners!
For a comprehensive listing of running events in the area, I like to refer to RunningIntheUSA.com, which allows you to search by location and race distance. A quick check of this site before you head out on weekend mornings from now through the spring could help you avoid a road closure or detour.