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High Heel Race to close Dupont Circle streets

Contestants in the 2011 High Heel Race approach the finish line. (Cara Kelly/The Washington Post)

Hurricane Sandy forced postponement of the Halloween season tradition known as the High Heel Race, originally scheduled for Tuesday, but those intrepid runners are not to be denied. They will be out Thursday night to compete near Dupont Circle.

This is a popular event, and pedestrians will crowd many streets in the neighborhood, but some streets also will be closed, adding to the traffic congestion. The best way to get to the area will be Metro’s Red Line to Dupont Circle.

The race is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. on 17th Street NW between Church and R streets, east of Dupont Circle. Crowds begin to gather about 6 p.m. The street closings announced by D.C. police are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue till 11 p.m.

Here’s the list of closed streets: 17th Street NW between P and S streets; Q Street between 17th and 18th streets; R Street between 16th and 18th streets; Corcoran Street between 16th and 18th streets; Church Street between 16th and 18th streets; Riggs Street between 16th and 17th streets.

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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