NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of the 2014 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon slated for Sunday, February 2, 2014. The event is expected to draw more than 16,000 runners to the city.
The race will start at Poydras and Camp Streets, the runners will be routed onto the race course at Poydras and Magazine from holding areas on Magazine Street from Poydras to Girod, and on Girod from Magazine to St. Charles Avenue.
Starting from Poydras and Camp Streets, the runners will proceed on Poydras in a lake bound direction to South Rampart, turn left onto South Rampart to Howard Avenue, and turn left onto Howard Avenue to Lee Circle. The runners will veer to the right at Lee Circle and proceed with traffic in an uptown direction on St Charles Avenue. The runners will U-turn at West Road (which is in between Tulane and Loyola University) and continue with traffic on St. Charles Avenue in a downtown direction to M.L. King/Melpomene. The runners will turn right on Melpomene Street and proceed to Magazine Street. (The relay runners will exchange runners on Melpomene between Prytania and Coliseum Streets and continue with the nonrelay runners to Magazine Street).
The runners will turn left onto Magazine Street, traveling against traffic, to Girod Street, turn right onto Girod Street to Tchoupitoulas, turn left onto Tchoupitoulas to Poydras, turn right onto Poydras, with traffic, to South Peters, turn left onto South Peters crossing Canal, turning into North Peters, to Decatur, to North Peters to Esplanade Avenue, turn left onto Esplanade Avenue with traffic in a lake bound direction to the Wisner Boulevard/Beauregard Traffic Circle.
The half marathon runners will veer right of the circle and proceed onto Lelong Drive with traffic to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), continue around the museum with traffic to Roosevelt Mall Street to the finish line.
The full marathon runners will veer to the left of the traffic circle and will continue on North Carrollton Avenue to City Park Avenue, turn right onto City Park Avenue to Anseman Avenue, turn right onto Anseman to Dreyfous, turn left onto Dreyfous (against traffic) to Marconi Drive, turn right onto Marconi with traffic in the far left lane in a lake bound direction Lakeshore Drive.
The runners will turn right onto Lakeshore Drive (against traffic in an east bound direction) and will proceed to the designated u-turn on the Lakeshore Drive just past the Research and Technology Park at Lakeshore Drive and Elysian Fields. The return runners will proceed against traffic in a west bound direction on Lakeshore Drive to Marconi Drive, turn left onto Marconi proceeding against traffic in the far right lane to Victory Avenue, and turn left onto Victory Avenue against traffic into City Park. The runners will turn right against traffic onto Charles and Betty Turner Way to Dreyfous Drive, turn left on Dreyfous (with traffic) veering left to Lelong Drive, turn left onto Lelong (against traffic) to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), continue around the museum against traffic to Roosevelt Mall Street to the finish line.
Race participants that are driving to the race are encouraged to park in downtown long-term lots and carpool whenever possible.
There will be no parking along the race route.
The race course and area surrounding the starting line and Lafayette Square will become a no parking zone beginning 12:00 a.m. midnight Saturday. Towing will begin at that time along the course to allow for race organizers to begin race set-up, including along Decatur Street near the French Market, along both sides of Esplanade Avenue, and the neutral ground (median) on Marconi Drive adjacent to City Park. Meters will be bagged and signs will be posted warning residents of the parking restrictions.
The Competitor Group, the organization that produces the event, has a comprehensive community relations plan in place to inform the local community directly affected by the course of the parking restrictions and street closures.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
In addition, RTA services, including both streetcar lines and bus service will be interrupted along the course. Details on route changes are available at www.norta.com.
Please visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/new-orleans for further details on the race.