It’s Marine Corps Marathon weekend and I’m not running it! Aw-ruh! Upwards of 30,000 people will participate in the 43rd iteration of the race, which will cause major transit disruptions throughout the weekend.
The least I can do is provide a heads-up about scheduled and anticipated disruptions to the area’s traffic pattern and transit system. Here’s a rundown of what you should expect in the coming days. Good luck runners (including our very own associate editor, Gordon Chaffin).
- All Metrorail lines will be open at 6 a.m. to facilitate transport of runners and spectators throughout the region.
- To MCM Runners Village, take the Yellow or Blue Line to the Pentagon Station.
- To MCM 10K Start Line, use Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green or Yellow Line) or L’Enfant Plaza (Yellow, Green, Blue or Orange Line).
- To Finish Line, use the Rosslyn station (Blue, Orange and Silver Line) and walk to the Finish Line at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
To the MCM Start…
- From Crystal City: Shuttles will follow a route from 23rd Street and Crystal Drive in Crystal City to Runners Village in the Pentagon North Parking lot from 4:30-8 a.m.
- From Gaylord National: From 4:30–6:00 a.m., MCM offers runners-only shuttles from the intersection of Waterfront and St. George to Runners Village at the Pentagon from the Gaylord National Resort, the MCM headquarters hotel at National Harbor. Beginning at 6 a.m., shuttle service will deliver runners to the Eisenhower Metro station (yellow line) until 9:00 a.m.
From the Finish…
- Rosslyn. Finish shuttles will be located in the Finish Festival on Oak Street and Wilson Blvd will return runners and spectators to 23rd Street and Crystal Drive in Crystal City.
- Gaylord National. To return to National Harbor, runners and guests should Metro to the Eisenhower station (yellow line) to access the free shuttles to the Gaylord National Resort. Return service will be available from 1030 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
To the Kids Run
- From Metro. Utilize the free shuttle service running continuously from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. between the Pentagon Metro station (yellow or blue line) and the MCM Kids Run start/finish area.
IMPACTS TO ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Roads and highways throughout Arlington and the District of Columbia will be closed starting early Sunday morning and reopened on a rotating basis throughout the day. If you’re a runner or spectator, your best bet is to use the Metro to get to the marathon or 10K start lines, or get dropped off at the designated drop-off area at Army Navy Drive and Fern Street, then proceed to the Pentagon North Parking Lot. See below for a list of roads and highways to be closed for the weekend.
IMPACT TO BIKESHARE
The following Capital Bikeshare stations will be closed:
- Iwo Jima Memorial/N Meade & 14th St N
- N Lynn St & Fairfax Dr
- Rosslyn Metro/Wilson Blvd & Ft Myer Dr
- Lynn & 19th St N
- MCM Expo. Pay parking is located at the Gaylord National Resort and in garages throughout National Harbor.
- MCM 10K. There is no designated parking location for the MCM10K. Participants may seek locations in nearby downtown DC but are encouraged to Metro to the event start line.
- MCM. Free parking is available courtesy of the Crystal City Business Improvement District in the underground lots located at the intersection of 23rd and Crystal Drive.
MCM Weekend features events on October 26-28 in Washington, DC; Arlington, Va.; and National Harbor, Md. We’ll break it down by major events on each day, then drill down into the nitty-gritty for actual race day.
FRIDAY, OCT. 26
- 10 a.m.-8 p.m.: Health & Fitness Expo. The Health & Fitness Expo featuring Packet Pick-up will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
- 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Health & Fitness Expo. The Health & Fitness Expo featuring Packet Pick-up will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745.
- 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: MCM Kids Run. Three thousand kids ages 5-12 will participate in the one-mile fun run that also offers a variety of activities at the family fitness called Camp Miles. The one-mile, have-all-the-fun-you-can event features music and entertainment, mascots and medals. Location is the Pentagon North Parking Lot.
- 6-8 p.m.: Carbo Dining In. In the spirit of traditional military dinners called the “Dining-In,” MCM hosts this sold-out pasta event for runners and their families and friends.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28
- 7:45 a.m.: MCM Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Start
- 7:55 a.m.-3:10 p.m.: 43rd Marine Corps Marathon. The start line is on VA-110 roughly halfway between the Arlington National Cemetery and Pentagon Metro Stations.
- 7:55 a.m.: MCM 10K Start. The start line is in the District
- 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: MCM Finish Festival in Rosslyn.
- 7:30-9:30 p.m.: MCM Victory Party. Celebration at the Gaylord National Resort featuring a DJ, food, prizes, selfie-worthy photo ops and a cash bar. Will anyone be up for this after running 26.2 miles?
IMPACTS TO THE PENTAGON
There will be numerous impacts at the Pentagon beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and continuing until 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Support for the races will affect parking, Metrobus access to the Pentagon and adjacent roads. Parking will be prohibited in the following areas: South Parking Lot (Lanes 18-36); North parking Lot (Lanes 41-63); the Connector Lot, Eads, Fern, and Hayes Street lots.
ROAD AND HIGHWAY CLOSURES
Within the District, here are the times and streets to be closed for the MCM on Sunday:
4:00 am–1:30 pm Madison Drive, NW from 7th to 14th Street, NW
5:00 am–1:30 pm Jefferson Drive, SW from 3rd Street, SW to 15th Street, SW
5:00 am–1:30 pm 7th Street, NW from Madison Drive, NW to Jefferson Drive, SW
6:00 am–11:30 am Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, NW (northbound) to Beach Drive
6:00 am–11:30 am Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, NW (southbound) from Shoreham Drive, NW
6:00 am–11:30 am Shoreham Drive, NW (southbound) from Calvert Street to Rock Creek Parkway, and Potomac River Freeway, NW
6:00 am–11:30 am Beach Drive, NW from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, NW to Calvert Street, NW
6:30 am–12:00 pm Spout Run Parkway, from Lee Highway to George Washington Memorial
6:30 am–12:00 pm GWMP from Spout Run to Key Bridge off ramp
6:30 am–12:00 pm Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)
6:30 am–1:30 pm 14th Street, SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes
6:30 am–2:00 pm HOV lanes from 14th Street, SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street
6:30 am–12:00 pm M Street, NW from Canal Road, NW to Wisconsin Avenue, NW
6:30 am–11:30 am Wisconsin Avenue, NW from M Street, NW to K Street, NW
6:30 am–11:30 am K Street, NW from Wisconsin Avenue, NW to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, NW
6:30 am–11:30 am 27th Street, NW from K Street, NW to I Street, NW
6:30 am–11:30 am I Street, NW from 27th Street, NW to Virginia Avenue, NW
6:30 am–12:30 pm Rock Creek Parkway and Potomac Parkway, NW from Beach and Shoreham Drives to Independence Avenue, NW
6:30 am–12:30 pm Lincoln Circle from 23rd Street, NW to 23rd Street, SW
6:30 am–12:00 pm Ohio Drive, SW at West Potomac Park from Independence Avenue, SW around East Potomac Park to Maine Avenue, SW
6:30 am–12:30 pm Maine Avenue, SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue, SW
6:30 am–12:30 pm East Basin Drive, SW from Maine Avenue, SW to Ohio Drive, SW road closure
6:30 am–12:30 pm Independence Avenue, SW from Maine Avenue, SW to Ohio Drive, SW
6:30 am–1:00 pm 15th Street, NW/SW from Constitution Avenue, NW to Maine Avenue, SW
6:30 am–1:00 pm 3rd Street; Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Maryland Avenue, SW
6:30 am–1:00 pm 4th Street; Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
6:30 am–1:00 pm Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 3rd Street, NW to Peace Circle
6:30 am–1:00 pm 1st Street; Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Maryland Avenue, SW
6:30 am–1:00 pm Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 3rd Street, NW to 1st Street, NW
6:30 am–1:00 pm Maryland Avenue, SW from 1st Street, SW to 3rd Street, SW