Richard Sames of Laredo, Tex., rallies spectators as racers pass near the Lincoln Memorial during the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post))

The 44th annual Marine Corps Marathon, one of the biggest street events in the Washington region, is Sunday and whether you plan to participate or watch, there are lots of things you need to be aware of — from street closings to parking restrictions to Metro hours.

About 30,000 people will participate in 26.2-mile race that starts and ends in Arlington and takes runners across the Potomac River into Georgetown, Rock Creek Park and the Mall area. Thousands of supporters are expected to cheer them on from the sidewalks.

The event will make driving and parking challenging Sunday. Anyone who drives near or within the marathon’s perimeter Sunday should consider other alternative transportation or routes.

Metro will open two hours early to accommodate marathon crowds, and it will have extra trains. See more details below.

Runners and spectators should prepare for some unsettled weather Sunday morning. The Capital Weather Gang is forecasting temperatures in mid-50s to start the race, and cloudy conditions with intermittent showers, with temperatures rising into the 60s by mid-to-late morning. Keep an eye out for a more detailed forecast closer to Sunday.

This map will help you explore the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon racecourse. Keep reading for more travel tips and a full list of the street closings.

Race route

Road closure

Mile marker

First aid

1

Water station

Food station

MARATHON COURSE

D.C.

FINISH

START

Potomac River

Runners Village

VIRGINIA

1/2 MILE

MCM50K COURSE

FINISH

START

MCM10K COURSE

START

FINISH

Sources: Marine Corps Marathon, WMATA

THE WASHINGTON POST

Race route

Road closure

Mile marker

First aid

1

Water station

Food station

MARATHON COURSE

M ST. NW

3rd ST. NW

D.C.

CONSTITUTION AVE. NW

FINISH

INDEPENDENCE AVE. SW

START

Runners Village

Potomac River

VIRGINIA

1/2 MILE

MCM50K COURSE

MCM10K COURSE

START

FINISH

FINISH

START

1/2 MILE

Sources: Marine Corps Marathon, WMATA

THE WASHINGTON POST

Race route

Road closure

Mile marker

First aid

Water station

Food station

1

MARATHON COURSE

Georgetown

6:30 a.m. to noon

Eastbound Lee

Highway/

Spout Run/G.W.

Parkway

6:30 a.m. to noon

D.C.

M ST. NW

Rock Creek and

Potomac Parkway

6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

3rd ST. NW

Key Bridge

6:30 a.m.

to noon

G St. NW

West Potomac

Park roads

6:30 a.m. to noon

Rosslyn

3:30 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

FINISH

Madison

and Jefferson

Drives

4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Potomac River

OHIO DR. SW

Route 110

from I-66 to Route 1;

3:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

START

Runners Village

East

Potomac

Park

Pentagon

VIRGINIA

Ohio Drive

6:30 a.m.

to noon

Crystal City

6:30 a.m.

to 4 p.m.

1/2 MILE

MCM50K COURSE

MCM10K COURSE

START

FINISH

FINISH

START

1/2 MILE

Sources: Marine Corps Marathon, WMATA

THE WASHINGTON POST

Race route

Road closure

Mile marker

First aid

Water station

Food station

1

MARATHON COURSE

D.C.

Eastbound Lee Highway/

Spout Run/G.W. Parkway

6:30 a.m. to noon

Georgetown

6:30 a.m. to noon

M ST. NW

Rock Creek and

Potomac Parkway

6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Key Bridge

6:30 a.m.

to noon

3rd ST. NW

G St. NW

West Potomac

Park roads

6:30 a.m. to noon

Rosslyn

3:30 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

wilson blvd.

FINISH

Madison

and Jefferson

Drives

4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Potomac River

OHIO DR. SW

START

Route 110

from I-66 to

Route 1;

3:30 a.m. to

6 p.m.

Runners Village

East

Potomac

Park

VIRGINIA

Pentagon

Ohio Drive

6:30 a.m.

to noon

Crystal City

6:30 a.m.

to 4 p.m.

1/2 MILE

MCM50K COURSE

MCM10K COURSE

START

FINISH

FINISH

START

1/2 MILE

Sources: Marine Corps Marathon, WMATA

THE WASHINGTON POST

The event

The marathon officially starts at 7:45 a.m. The start line is on Route 110 in Arlington County between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive. The course remains open until 3 p.m. The Finish Festival, where runners meet up with their supporters, is in the area around Wilson Boulevard and North Lynn Street in Rosslyn. This is close to the Rosslyn Metro station. The Finish Festival ends around 4 p.m.

Organizers have added an ultramarathon this year, the MCM 50K, for racers willing to complete an extra 4.87 miles on top of the marathon’s 26.2. Ultramarathoners will start at 7:30 a.m. and will cover the entire MCM course with the addition of a 4.87-mile diversion at mile 4.5.

Other events include a 10K that will take participants from the National Gallery of Art to the Marine Corps War Memorial. There also is a 1-mile “just-for-fun running challenge” that attracts about 3,600 children each year. The Kids Run on Saturday is held at the Pentagon parking lot.

A packet pickup and health and fitness expo will be held at the Gaylord National Resort starting Friday. This will add traffic to the area around National Harbor in Prince George’s County.

Getting there

Metro. Metro will open at 6 a.m., two hours early, for the marathon.

The closest Metro station to the marathon start line is Pentagon station on the Blue and Yellow lines. To avoid crowds, runners can use Pentagon City station, also on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Arlington Cemetery station doesn’t open until 8:30 a.m., after the marathon is underway. The Rosslyn station, on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, is within walking distance of the finish line.

Metro will run additional Blue Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory between 6 and 9 a.m. and between 11:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Extra Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square from 6 to 9 a.m.

If you are going to the 10K on the Mall, the closest stations to the start line are Archives and L’Enfant Plaza.

Riders are encouraged to purchase SmarTrip cards in advance to avoid the crush at fare machines. Riders age 5 or older need their own card to enter the system.

Metrobus. The Pentagon bus terminal will be closed Saturday until 2 p.m. to accommodate the Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run and until 4 p.m. Sunday for the main event. During those hours, buses will use the Pentagon City station.

The Rosslyn bus terminal will be closed from 4 a.m. to about 6 p.m. Buses will be relocated to Oak Street.

Nearly two dozen Metrobus routes will be detoured because of the marathon and 10K. Bus riders should anticipate delays.

Bikes and scooters. E-scooters and bicycles will not be allowed inside some restricted areas of the course.

Driving. Several major roads and bridges will close, including Route 110, Washington Boulevard, Rock Creek and Potomac parkways, Wisconsin Avenue, M Street, Pennsylvania and Independence avenues, along with some of the major gateways into the city: the Key Bridge, Memorial Bridge and 14th Street bridge.

Runners may be dropped off at a Kiss and Run lots on the corner of Army Navy Drive and Fern Street.

Parking. Free parking will be available at the corner of 23rd Street and Crystal Drive in Arlington, near the Metro station and the shuttle. Parking Sunday is free at all Metro lots and garages.

Street parking within the marathon route will be restricted in Arlington and the District. Police will implement strict “no parking” restriction along the route. Vehicles that are parked in violation will be ticketed and/or towed, police said.

Road Closures

Road closures for the marathon begin at 3 a.m. Sunday. Local jurisdictions will reopen roads after the event course closes at 3:30 p.m. Some streets may remain closed until the evening. Marine Corps Marathon organizers have compiled this full list of streets that will be affected, including times of closures.

In Arlington, streets will begin to close at 3 a.m. Sunday. These are the streets that will be impacted in the county:

  • 3 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110
  • 3 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to North Lynn Street
  • 3 a.m. — 6 p.m. Route 110 from I-66 to Richmond Highway
  • 3 a.m. — 6 p.m. Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110
  • 3 a.m. — 6 p.m. Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 3 a.m. — 6 p.m. Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 3 a.m. — 6 p.m. North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway
  • 3 a.m. — 6 p.m. 19th Street North from North Lynn Street to North Nash Street
  • 3 a.m. — 4 p.m. Route 110 ramp from Washington Boulevard to Pentagon North parking
  • 6 a.m. — noon. Lee Highway eastbound from North Lynn Street to Kirkwood Road
  • 6 a.m. — noon. Spout Run Parkway from southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) to Lee Highway
  • 6 a.m. — noon. GWMP northbound from Spout Run to Memorial Circle Drive
  • 6 a.m. — noon. Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)
  • 6 a.m. — noon. I-66 westbound ramp for Exit 75
  • 6 a.m. — noon. I-66 eastbound ramp for Exit 73
  • 6 a.m. — 2 p.m. HOV lanes from 14th Street Southwest to HOV ramp at South Eads Street
  • 5 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive
  • 5 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Army Navy Drive from South Fern Street to 12th Street South
  • 6 a.m. — 10 p.m. 15th Street South from Crystal Drive to South Eads Street
  • 6 a.m. — 4 p.m. 12th Street South from South Eads Street to Crystal Drive
  • 6 a.m. — 4 p.m. Crystal Drive from 12th Street South to 23rd Street South
  • 6 a.m. — 4 p.m. Long Bridge Drive from 12th Street South to I-395
  • 6 a.m. — 4 p.m. Sixth Street South from Long Bridge Drive to South Ball Street
  • 6 a.m. — 4 p.m. 10th Street South from Long Bridge Drive to South Ball Street
  • 6 a.m. — 4 p.m. South Ball Street from Sixth Street South to 10th Street South
  • 3 a.m. — 5 p.m. Boundary Channel Drive from I-395 to Pentagon North Parking
  • 3 a.m. — 5 p.m. Washington Boulevard from Columbia Pike to Memorial Circle

D.C. police said a “no emergency parking” policy will be in effect from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The following streets and bridges will close in the District starting at 4 a.m. Sunday and are expected to reopen by 1:30 p.m.:

  • 4 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. — Madison Drive NW from Seventh Street to 14th Street NW
  • 5 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. — Jefferson Drive SW from Third Street SW to 15th Street SW
  • 5 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. — Seventh Street NW from Madison Drive NW to Jefferson Drive SW
  • 6 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW northbound to Beach Drive
  • 6 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW southbound from Shoreham Drive
  • 6 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — Shoreham Drive NW southbound from Calvert Street to Rock Creek Parkway and Potomac River Freeway NW
  • 6 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — Beach Drive NW from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Calvert Street
  • 6:30 a.m. — noon. — Spout Run Parkway from Lee Highway to George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • 6:30 a.m. — noon. — George Washington Memorial Parkway from Spout Run to Key Bridge off-ramp
  • 6:30 a.m. — noon. — Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)
  • 6:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. — Canal Road from Key Bridge to Arizona Avenue NW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. — 14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes
  • 6:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. — HOV lanes from 14th Street, SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street
  • 6:30 a.m. — noon. — M Street NW from Canal Road NW to Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — Wisconsin Avenue from M Street NW to K Street NW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue NW to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — 27th Street NW from K Street NW to I Street NW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — I Street NW from 27th Street NW to Virginia Avenue NW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. — Rock Creek Parkway and Potomac Parkway NW from Beach and Shoreham drives to Independence Avenue SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. — Lincoln Circle from 23rd Street NW to 23rd Street SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. — Ohio Drive SW at West Potomac Park from Independence Avenue SW around East Potomac Park to Maine Avenue SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. — Maine Avenue SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. — East Basin Drive from Maine Avenue SW to Ohio Drive road closure
  • 6:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. — Independence Avenue SW from Maine Avenue SW to Ohio Drive
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. — 15th Street NW/SW from Constitution Avenue NW to Maine Avenue SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. — Third Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. — Fourth Street from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. — Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Third Street NW to Peace Circle
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. — First Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. — Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Third Street NW to First Street NW
  • 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. — Maryland Avenue SW from First Street SW to Third Street SW