Wilson Bridge Half Marathon rescheduled for Nov. 10

October 30, 2013

The runners will cross the Wilson Bridge via the pedestrian/bike path on the north side. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

The fourth annual Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, a victim of the federal shutdown on its originally scheduled date, has been reset for Sunday, Nov. 10. While the run climaxes with the crossing of its namesake span, all the bridge’s travel lanes will be open. However, there are road closings along the rest of the course.

The northbound lanes of the George Washington Parkway will be closed between Belle Haven Boulevard and Church Street, at the Alexandria City line, from 6 to 9:30 a.m.  All traffic will use the southbound side, following single lanes at reduced speeds.

The runners start at Mount Vernon, go north on the parkway, cross the Wilson Bridge on the path and end up at National Harbor in Prince George’s County. See a course map in pdf on the half marathon’s Web site.

The bridge path will be closed from 7 to 10 a.m. to everyone but the runners. The express lanes of National Harbor Boulevard, the main entryway to National Harbor, will be closed to traffic from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For those who just want to view the event, organizers recommend the National Harbor side of the Wilson Bridge, where people will be able to see the runners coming down off the bridge and entering National Harbor. The pedestrian/bike pathway that the runners will use is on the north side, toward D.C. It crosses over the travel lanes of the Capital Beltway before reaching National Harbor.

On the Virginia side, there are viewpoints all along the George Washington Parkway south of the bridge, but keep in mind that spectators won’t be able to cross over the Wilson Bridge to the finish area via the pedestrian/bike path till the event is over.

The half marathon was originally  scheduled for Oct. 6, but organizers had to reschedule in the face of the federal shutdown because much of the route is along national park land.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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