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Rock n Roll Seattle Marathon and ½ Marathon Saturday June 27, 2009

Help us spread the word!   We are reaching out to you and your neighbors so that everyone is aware of the route and necessary road closures.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle sold out two months early with 25,000 entrants!  The course starts on Interurban Ave in Tukwila and finishes at Qwest Field in Seattle.  Even if you do not live or work directly on the course, please be aware of the road closure times and plan ahead to give yourself extra travel time to get around town.

Be Prepared. Plan ahead.

Review the Road Closure Information and Alternate Access Routes http://www.rnrseattle.com/course/Road_Closures.html

Course Description

Both the full and half marathon start together on Interurban Ave in Tukwila, south of downtown Seattle.  The course runs through Tukwila and makes its way to the scenic shores of Lake Washington for miles 4 through 9.  Full marathoners only split off for 2 miles on the floating Lake Washington Bridge.  Both courses merge together again, and all participants head toward downtown Seattle on Interstate 90, where the half marathon will split and finish downtown outside of Qwest Field. 

The full marathon will continue north onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Hwy 99, with views of Elliott Bay, passing the Space Needle and Lake Union as the Alaskan Way Viaduct/Hwy 99 becomes Aurora.  Runners will u-turn and head back toward downtown on the highway before finishing outside of Qwest Stadium downtown.  There are some rolling hills between miles 15 and 20 in the full marathon course, culminating in mostly flat miles 20 through 26. 


Road Closures

Most road closures and detours will be in effect between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  At 5:30 am, Police and event personnel may implement a soft closure along the entire race course.  The races begin at 7:00 am, and streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed.  Streets along the earlier miles of the route will open earlier than roads along the end of the route.   Please review the road closure grid and course map for more information.  Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and to be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes.