Heads up! The Austin Marathon will be coming through the neighborhood Sunday morning, February 19, 2012. Race organizers are projecting 20,000 runners (includes the half-marathoners) for the race that starts and ends downtown. Start time is 7:00 a.m. The course will remain open and supported until 2:00 p.m. The first runners are expected to start coming through Allandale at 45th and Bull Creek around 8:00 a.m. Race organizers anticipate most of the runners will be through Allandale by 1:30 p.m. What follows are some points race organizers provided to the neighborhood association:
Burnet Road will only be interrupted at Northcross Dr./St. Joseph. The first runners shouldn't arrive at that point in the race until 8:35 or so, at the earliest. After 8:35, and until a little after 12:00, the police at that intersection will be letting traffic through as gaps in the runners allow. The longest wait times will be between 9:00 a.m. And 11:00 a.m.
- Hancock will have two-way traffic, with access controled by an APD officer, on the north side of the street.
- People in the area bounded by White Rock, Shoal Creek, and Northland will have complete access to Northland via Bullard Dr., Marilyn Dr., and Louise Ln. From there they can take Northland/2222 west to MoPac. Residents west of Bull Creek, between Hancock and 45th will have access to both Hancock and 45th by driving south on Bull Creek to 45th so they'll be able to get to Mopac. Runners will be in the northbound lanes.
- Residents east of Shoal Creek and south of Foster/Northcross/St. Joseph's Morrow that need to get out of the course's loop, you can access Mopac without ever encountering the course by taking Burnet to 45th to Lamar to 29th to Mopac.
- Many residents that live right on or near the route, and know they need to get out during the race, should consider parking their cars just on the other side of the route. For example, if you live on the south side of Foster, you could park your car on the north side of the street. It is understood this is not an option for the mobility impaired.
You can also go to the race website for more information: youraustinmarathon.com.