This weekend is the annual Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon, and the race is celebrating 10 years of running.
Whether you are lacing up your shoes, or just trying to get around town to avoid the race route, there are a few things you need to know.
The City of New Orleans has issued parking instructions for both Saturday Feb. 9 and Sunday Feb. 10.
Runners will begin at Lafayette Square, proceed through the Central Business District (CBD), follow St. Charles Ave. to the university area, where they will double-back along St. Charles to the CBD. They will then will pass through the French Quarter and up Esplanade Ave. to the Lakeshore area, traveling through Lake Terrace & Oaks and Lakeshore – Lake Vista. Runners will proceed back down Wisner Blvd. and will end in City Park.
Central Business District, Lower Garden District, Central City, Garden District, Touro, Milan, Uptown, Audubon, French Quarter, Marigny, Treme-Lafitte, Seventh Ward, Bayou St. John, Fairgrounds, St. Bernard, Filmore, Lake Terrace & Oaks areas, and Lakeshore – Lake Vista. Informational door hangers will be mailed to residents, businesses and organizations along the route.
Public Safety Tips:
As always, take care in large crowds and report suspicious activity to public safety officials.
Traffic will be restricted along the route depicted above until the last participant passes and course materials are removed. View full closure schedule and alternate route information provided by Rock ‘N’ Roll community relations. Roads along the route are expected to be closed within the following timeframes:
- Lafayette Square area: closed 3 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- St. Charles Ave. area: closed 6 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
- Convention Center / Cruise Terminal area: closed 6 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
- French Quarter area: closed 6 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
- Lakeview area: closed 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
- Lakeshore Drive area: closed 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Charles Streetcar service will not operate until all runners have cleared St. Charles Ave. Additional routes will experience delays or detours during the event, including but not limited to: 47 & 48 – Canal Streetcars, 11 – Magazine, 55 – Elysian Fields, 88 – St. Claude, 91 – Jackson-Esplanade, and 94 – Broad. All RTA service alerts, updates, and detours can also be accessed by downloading the RTA’s GoMobile app. To learn more, visit www.norta.com or call Ride Line at 504-248-3900.
Streets along the race course will be marked with No Parking signs and parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking.
- Pay attention to posted signs.
- Don’t block hydrants, driveways and sidewalks.
- Don’t park within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection, or stop sign.
- Park in the direction of travel on one-way streets and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
- Call 504-658-8100 for parking enforcement.
Health & Fitness Expo:
Race weekend kicks off with a Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, Feb. 8 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Hall C. The expo will showcase vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition, and training, and is free and open to the public.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band as the headliner for the 2019 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon. On Sunday, Feb. 10, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will take to the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Stage in City Park to close out a fun-filled weekend of fitness and music. The concert will be free and open to the public.
For information about Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon visit online at www.RunRocknRoll.com/New-Orleans.
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