More than 20,000 Runners Expected to Run Through the LES for 2018 Half Marathon
For the first time since 2009, the New York City Half Marathon is changing up its cross-borough route. When runners hit the pavement this Sunday (March 18), the 13.1 mile course will take them directly through the streets of the Lower East Side.
The race starts in Prospect Park and heads over the Manhattan Bridge to Canal Street; runners then follow East Broadway to its termination at Grand Street and up Columbia Street to the FDR.
Best to start preparing for the clusterfuck now, as area disruption is the name of the game. Indeed, more than 20,000 runners are expected to flow through the neighborhood. To that end, the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 will hear the matter later tonight. Much too late to have any effect this year. Below is the full presentation deck outlining the street closures across the neighborhood.
The annual New York City Half Marathon (sponsored by United Airlines) began in 2006, and is run by the New York Road Runners.