Local roads closed this Sunday for Publix Georgia Marathon
This Sunday, Mar. 19, some Decatur roads will be closed for the Publix Georgia Marathon. The marathon is expected to last from 7:15 to 11 a.m.
Around the halfway point, the route runs through Decatur by the East Lake Marta Station and extends close to the Decatur YMCA on Clairemont Avenue.
According to the Decatur Police Department, the following routes will be closed:
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
Here’s a map of the route through Decatur and a map of the entire marathon route.
The Police Department says traffic near the marathon route will experience some delays, and “runners have the right-of-way at all times.”
The police department also reminds drivers that “traffic will not be permitted to turn onto roads that are closed, [and] traffic will be permitted onto the roads with partial lane closures when doing so will not impede the runners.”
Like in past years, there will be set locations for cheering the runners: West College Ave & Mead Rd., Fellini’s on Commerce Dr., and on E. Ponce de Leon Ave. in front of Decatur’s old courthouse.
Decatur marks the half-marathon point, so cheering is encouraged any place on the runners’ route.
The Police Department added, “If you have no plans that require driving, it’s a great day to walk into downtown Decatur for errands, brunch and to cheer!”