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Runners Pick up Packets, City Prepares for Charlottesville Marathon

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Thousands of runners will be winding through a new course for one of Charlottesville’s most popular races Saturday.

Racers picked up their packets for the 12th Annual Charlottesville Marathon on the downtown mall Friday. They also explored the Running and Fitness Expo filled with more than 30 vendors and a beer garden.

The marathon will start at the intersection of Park and East High streets Saturday at 7 a.m. Organizers say they changed the course so people could see as much of the city as possible.

“They're seeing all the most beautiful neighborhoods. They're seeing grounds. They're seeing the Rivanna River. They're seeing the downtown area so that's really great,” said Francesca Conte, race organizer.

The expo will stay open until 7 p.m. Friday and people can grab a beer at the garden until 8 p.m.

Saturday’s races will cause plenty of traffic delays. Click here for a map of the route.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Police Departments Joint Press Release

Tomorrow the Charlottesville Marathon will step off at 7 am from the intersection of Park and E. High Streets. This race will impact traffic movements in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The major impact will be in the downtown area where 7th St N.E. intersects with East Market St. 7th Street will be closed prohibiting East and West bound traffic movements. Drivers should consider utilizing routes to the east of this area along , 9th St N.E via Avon St. to avoid Market St.

7th Street N.E. by the Pavilion will close Friday, April 4th at 3 pm.

7th Street N.E.at East Market St. full closure will begin Saturday April 5th @ 6 am until 2 pm

In Albemarle County motorist can expect delays at the intersection of 250 / Ivy Road at the Belair Subdivision. Runner should begin arriving in this area at 7:45 am and runners should be clear of the area by 9:15 am.

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