Tip #23: Plan Ahead for Road Closings Throughout the Columbus Area on Race Day

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

In case you haven’t heard the news, there’s a little thing happening on Sunday, October 20 that will draw tens of thousands of people – and their cars – to downtown Columbus.

In addition to planning ahead for traffic and parking, today’s tip is another way to make sure your race morning goes as smoothly as possible: All 26.2 miles of the marathon course will be subject to rolling closures throughout the day, so plan your route accordingly.

Various streets throughout the Columbus area will begin closing on Saturday, October 19. Start Line streets will reopen on Sunday, October 20 by 1 p.m.; Finish Line streets will reopen on Sunday, October 20 by 4 p.m. All 26.2 miles of the marathon course will be subject to rolling closures throughout the day, based on the expected time the first and last athlete passes each mile of the course. Here’s a breakdown on what streets are closing and when each will re-open:

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.

  • Broad St. closes between High St. and Third St.
  • Nationwide Blvd. closes between McConnell Ave. and Marconi Blvd. (NOTE: Entrances and exits from all Nationwide parking lots and garages will remain accessible)
  • West St. from Marconi Extension to Nationwide Blvd. closes.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 12:30 a.m.

  • McConnell Ave. from Spring St. to Nationwide Blvd. closes
  • Marconi Blvd. from Nationwide Blvd. to Ludlow St. closes

Sunday, October 20, 6:30 a.m.

  • Starting at Broad St. and for the 26.2 miles of the marathon course and the 13.1 miles of the 1/2 marathon course, roads will be subject to partial or full closure based upon the expected arrival times of the first and last athlete.
  • Spring St. west of Third St. and High St. (until noon)

Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m.

  • Reopen all lanes of Broad St.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m.

  • Reopen all lanes of Nationwide Blvd.

Have questions about how to get around Columbus on race day? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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One thought on “Tip #23: Plan Ahead for Road Closings Throughout the Columbus Area on Race Day

  1. Would be helpful if there were cops directing traffic at 670 & Goodale (pre-race, EARLY!) and into Nationwide parking garages behind Nationwide. Had to hop out of my car on the 670 ramp last time! There was plenty of parking, just no one stopping traffic so everyone could get off I-670…

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