More than 30,000 runners are expected to take party in Saturday’s annual St. JUde Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon.
Police said they will be working late Friday night into the early morning hours of Saturday to ensure the security of the course.
Officers are warning students to heed bagged parking meters and other no parking signs. Illegally parked cars will be towed beginning Saturday at 12 a.m.
The complete marathon route, which stretches 26.2 miles, will close to vehicle traffic by 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The start area along lower Broadway will close to traffic at 3 a.m.
People coming downtown for the start and who intend to park in the Pinnacle Bank garage should be in the garage by 6:30 a.m. The 5K starts at 6:45 a.m., the wheelchair race begins at 7:15 a.m., and the full and half marathons begin at 7:15 a.m.
James Robertson Parkway and Woodland Street Bridges will be closed. First Avenue to the Gay Street Connector will be open.
Police said First Avenue will be the best way to move from north to south in the downtown area.
Law Enforcement is encouraging runners to get downtown early to avoid the late surge of vehicles on the interstate off ramps and near Nissan stadium parking lots.
Officers said they will try to accommodate those who need to cross the route to get to work or home so long as they don’t interfere in the race.
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