If you need to drive on Saturday be advised that there will be delays, road closures, and traffic due to the Charlotte Marathon. The marathon, being run tomorrow Saturday, November 2nd, benefits the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital. The course will take runners throughout the city beginning in uptown. They will then make their way to Eastover, Myers Park, and Dilworth. Expect runners in this area from around 8-9:45 am. From there they will venture into Southend/Wilmore, back to uptown, take the greenway to NoDa and Plaza before finishing back in Uptown. I’m tired just thinking about that!

But it’s not just the marathon. There are actually 4 total events being run on Saturday including a half marathon, relay events, and the Chick-fil-a 5K. You can view a full list of road closures here as well as the anticipated times of runners reaching those spots.

It looks like the weather will have cleared up in time for the events tomorrow which is great news. All of the races with the exception of the 5K will begin at 7:20 am. The other will start at 7:35 am. The race should wrap up around 1:30pm meaning that the traffic pattern from the Charlotte marathon should be back to normal by mid-afternoon. If you are participating or cheering someone on and you live in the area, it’s probably best to hang out at home to start the day. Wait until later to venture out or step outside and cheer on the runners!

Good luck to everyone participating. You’re better than me! I’ll stick to my high-incline walk on the treadmill!