The 2014 Publix GA Marathon will be held this Sunday, March 23, which will mean some road closures and delays along the route as it weaves through the city.
Runners are expected to come through Decatur between 7:15 and 11 a.m., according to a news release. The marathon enters Decatur on West College Avenue at Park Place near the East Lake Marta Station and exits the city in the 1100 block of Clairemont Avenue near the Decatur YMCA.
The marathon starts and ends in downtown Atlanta and travels through parts of DeKalb County, as well.
Decatur Road Closures:
- West College Avenue from Park Place to East College Avenue and Commerce Drive
- East Ponce de Leon Avenue from Commerce Drive to Clairemont Avenue
- Clairemont Avenue from East/West Ponce de Leon Avenue to Commerce Drive
Decatur Lane Closures:
- Commerce Drive from East College Avenue to East Ponce de Leon Avenue
- Clairemont Avenue from Commerce Drive to North Decatur Road
There will be traffic delays around the course throughout the duration of the marathon. The runners have the right-of-way at all times and no traffic will be released if it could impede the runners. Traffic will not be permitted to turn onto roads that are closed and will only be allowed to cross at certain points when doing so will not impede the runners. Traffic will be permitted onto the roads with partial lane closures when doing so will not impede the runners.
Even if you are travelling on a road that is not part of the course, but crosses the course or is near the course, you will experience delays. Check your schedules and the course maps and plan accordingly.
Cheering stations are planned at West College Avenue and Mead Road, Fellini’s on Commerce Drive and in front of the Old Courthouse on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, but residents will pop up along the route and cheer. So if you have Sunday morning plans that require driving, plan on heading out earlier or later or plot an alternate route.