(Courtesy of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon)

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon returns to Washington on Saturday, March 16. This race (a marathon and a related half-marathon) will close streets throughout D.C., with runners roaming through all four quadrants and even crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge. The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for “cool and wet” conditions.


Some street closures will begin as early as 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. All streets closed should reopen by 2:30 p.m., though that could change. The end result: Expect major delays if you plan to travel near any of these spots.

The marathons will form at Constitution Avenue NW, just east of 14th Street NW. Here are the routes:

    • Start on Constitution Avenue NW just east of 14th Street NW
    • Right on Virginia Avenue, NW
    • Right on 18th Street, NW
    • Left on E Street, NW
    • Left on Virginia Avenue, NW
    • Right on 19th Street, NW
    • Right on Constitution Avenue, NW
    • Left on 23rd Street, NW
    • Enter Memorial Circle
    • Exit Memorial Circle
    • Arlington Memorial Bridge
    • Left on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
    • Merge left on Shoreham Drive, NW
    • Right on Harvard Street, NW
    • Right on 5th Street, NW
    • Merge onto 4th Street, NE
    • Left of Bryant Street, NW
    • Right on North Capitol Street, NW
    • Left on K Street, NE
    • Right on 4th Street, NE
    • Left on H Street, NE
    • Right on 13th Street, NE
    • Left on Constitution Avenue, NE

At this point, the half marathon and the full marathon split from one another. The half marathon continues here:

    • Left on North Capitol Avenue, NE
    • Merge onto C Street, NE
    • Merge right onto 22nd Street, NE
    • Right on East Capitol Street, NE

[And that does it for the half marathon. Below, the rest of the full marathon.]

    • Right on 14th Street, NE
    • Right on North Carolina NE
    • Left on 13th Street, SE
    • Right on East Capitol Street, SE
    • Right on 11th Street, NE
    • Left on East Capitol Street, NE
    • Right on 2nd Street, NE
    • Left on Constitution Avenue, NE
    • Merge right on Constitution Avenue, NW
    • Merge left on Constitution Avenue, NW
    • Left on 9th Street, NW
    • Right on L’Enfant Plaza
    • U-Turn on L’Enfant Plaza (in front of USPS)
    • Right on 9th Street, SW
    • Left on Maine Avenue, SW
    • Right on 6th Street, SW
    • Left on Water Street, SW
    • Merge onto the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
    • Merge onto P Street, SW
    • Right on 2nd Street, SW
    • Left on V Street, SW
    • Left on First Street, SW
    • Right on Potomac Avenue, SW
    • Left on South Capitol Street, SW
    • U-Turn on South Capitol Street, SW
    • Cross the Frederick Douglas Bridge
    • Left onto South Capitol Street, SE
    • Left on Douglas bridge access road
    • Right on Anacostia Drive, SE
    • Full loop around Anacostia Park skating Pavilion on Anacostia Drive, SE
    • Left on Nicholson Street, SE
    • Left on Fairlawn Avenue, SE
    • Right on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
    • Left on L’Enfant Square, SE
    • Left on Minnesota Avenue, SE
    • Right on East Capitol Street, SE on ramp
    • Right on East Capitol Street, SE
    • Merge left onto C Street, SE
    • Merge left onto 22nd Street, NE

[That does it for the marathon.]

  • Here are the bump routes provided by the Metropolitan Police Department.
    • 4th and East Capitol Street, NE
    • 6th and East Capitol Street, NE
    • 8th and East Capitol Street, NE
    • 10th and East Capitol Street, NE
    • 8th and H Streets, NE
    • 15th and North Carolina Streets, NE
    • 17th and C Streets, NE


Metro will open two hours early, beginning service at 5 a.m. on Saturday. In addition to providing the map above, organizers also assembled a Google Map showing Metro stations near the race’s route:

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But there will be track work on two lines, so be prepared to encounter some headaches if you’re using the Red or Orange lines. On the Red Line, shuttle buses will replace trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma (the Rhode Island Ave, Brookland and Fort Totten stops will be closed); on the Orange Line, trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Expect delays in both directions on both of these lines.

Metro urges riders using the eastern side of the Red Line to use the Green Line to get from Fort Totten to Gallery Place-Chinatown, even if it means transferring or looping back, because it may take less time than using a shuttle bus.

In addition, the race and its related street closures should snarl Metrobus service. Metro expects it to impact the following bus routes: 32, 34, 36, 38B, 42, 52, 54, 64, 70, 74, 80, 90, 92, 96, A42, A46, A48, B2, D4, D6, D8, G2, G8, H2, H4, L2, M6, N6, P6, S2, S4, U2, U6, V8, X2 and X8.

For bus routes north of Constitution Avenue, detours are expected between 6:30 a.m. and the early afternoon. These buses on the north side of the route will turn back at a point near a Metrorail stop, according to Metro. For buses south of Constitution Avenue, detours are expected between 7:30 a.m. and the middle of the afternoon.

This post has been updated.