OC Marathon Will Run Through CdM Early Sunday; Parking, Traffic Advisories Issued

posted: April 30th, 2014 05:12 am | 0No Comments

Corona del Mar residents face street closures and parking restrictions this weekend when thousands of racers are expected to run through town Sunday as part of the 10th annual OC Marathon.

Eastbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from Avocado to Orchid avenues from 5 to 7:10 a.m Sunday., and westbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from MacArthur Boulevard to Avocado Avenue from 5 to 7 a.m. Both directions of Bayside Drive from Marguerite Avenue to Jamboree Road will be closed from 4 to 7:45 a.m.

Marathon organizers advise anyone who has to leave the area on Sunday morning to do so before 4 a.m. or park east of Orchid Avenue.

Street parking on East Coast Highway and in some neighborhoods also will be limited beginning 11:30 p.m Saturday through Sunday. Affected streets include Orchid Avenue from East Coast Highway to Ocean Boulevard; Ocean Boulevard between Orchid and Carnation avenues; Carnation Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Seaview Avenue; Seaview Avenue between Carnation and Marguerite avenues; and Bayside Drive from Marguerite Avenue to Jamboree Road.

Residents in the no-parking zones may park east of Orchid Avenue, or they will be able to park after 5 p.m. Saturday in the Big Corona State Beach parking lot, but they will need to move cars by 10 a.m. Sunday. Five Crowns lot will be available after 10 p.m. Saturday, but cars must be moved by 8 a.m. Sunday, and the Sherman Library & Garden main lot will be available from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday.

For a complete list of closures and other information, click here.

The race will begin at 5:30 a.m. Sunday near Fashion Island at Newport Center and Santa Barbara drives, with runners headed down MacArthur Boulevard to East Coast Highway. The race course turns on Orchid Avenue to Ocean Boulevard, continues onto Carnation Avenue, loops back on Seaview Avenue to Marguerite and then Bayside Drive through Newport Beach. Runners will turn on Dover Drive, and the race course ends at the OC Fair and Event Center; click here to see the complete course map.

“The first mile of the Marathon course includes a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific Ocean before winding through the seaside village of Corona del Mar including the spectacular Ocean Blvd. with cliff side views of Big Corona del Mar State Beach,” the event website states. “It traverses down Bayside Drive, past the Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs and homes and boats of Newport Harbor.”

Spectators gather before dawn along East Coast Highway and Ocean Boulevard to cheer for runners; read about last year’s event here.

Streets will be reopened after the last runner passes and organizers are able to remove barricades and cones.

Organizers said 22,000 racers are expected to participate, a record number of entries, in the marathon, half marathon, Wahoo’s OC 5K and Kids Run the OC events.

For more information, click here or call (949) 222-9888.

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