The Decatur Police Department sends around this reminder…
Don’t forget the 2017 Publix GA Marathon is this Sunday, March 19, 2017. There will be road closures and delays along the route as it weaves through the city between approximately 7:15 am – 11:00 am. The marathon enters Decatur on West College Avenue at Park Place near the East Lake Marta Station and exits the city in the 1100 block of Clairemont Avenue near the Decatur YMCA. Keep in mind the marathon starts and ends in downtown Atlanta and travels through parts of DeKalb County as well.
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
There will be traffic delays around the course throughout the duration of the marathon. The runners have the right-of-way at all times and no traffic will be released if it could impede the runners. Traffic will not be permitted to turn onto roads that are closed and will only be allowed to cross at certain points when doing so will not impede the runners. Traffic will be permitted onto the roads with partial lane closures when doing so will not impede the runners. Please understand that even if you are travelling on a road that is not part of the course but crosses the course or is near the course, you will experience delays. Please check your schedules and the course maps and plan accordingly.
Come Out & Support The Runners
We are roughly the halfway point for the runners and regularly receive feedback about how great it feels to come through Decatur and have so many people cheering. Aside from the fixed cheering stations at West College Avenue & Mead Road, Fellini’s on Commerce Drive and in front of the Old Courthouse on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, it is not uncommon for residents to pop up along the route and cheer. So if you have Sunday morning plans that require driving, plan on heading out earlier or later or plot an alternate route. If you have no plans that require driving, it’s a great day to walk into downtown Decatur for errands, brunch and to cheer!
West College Ave, Decatur GA (pic submitted by Robert)
Also, here’s a close up on the signs…
The Publix Marathon runs through Decatur again this Sunday, so prepare your driving/cheering plans accordingly.
According to the schedule posted on the marathon’s website, you will see road closures around Decatur between 7:30a-11a. This is similar to previous years.
Also, remember to get out there and cheer for the marathon runners. The top 2 cheering zones this year win $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. In year’s past, the winnings have gone to support Decatur Active Living programs.
The Decatur Minute says that city staff “will be there with plenty of noisemakers, pom-poms, and doughnuts to share.” They also note the official groups will be located ” in front of Felini’s , the Old Courthouse, or near the Eastlake Marta Station.”
CANDLER PARK!!! (Shakes fists at the sky)
After taking back the top spot in the “neighborhood challenge” during last year’s ING Marathon, Decatur again must bow to its formidable in-town rival: the dreadfully motivated “Candler Park”. From the Publix Marathon website…
2011 NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE WINNERS ARE:
Division 1 – Marathon/Half Marathon Course
1st Place – $1,500 – Fourth Ward Neighbors/4th & SAND
2nd Place – $1,000 – Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association
Division 2 – Marathon Course
1st Place – $1,500 – Candler Park Neighborhood Organization
2nd Place – $1,000 – City of Decatur
But seriously, congrats to the Candler Park folks and to Decatur for bringing home $1,000! As mentioned on The Decatur Minute, this cool G will go towards the city’s “Walk There, Decatur!” program.
The City of Decatur’s Katie Abel writes on The Decatur Minute…
The Publix Georgia Marathon is coming through the City of Decatur this Sunday morning, March 20th and we would love to have you participate! Decatur has a great history of participating in the Neighborhood Challenge and since it has started, we have won over $15,000 in prize money to go towards fitness initiatives in Decatur.
Decaturites are needed to come to the official cheering station on Ponce de Leon adjacent to the Old Courthouse Square on Sunday morning at 7:30 am to help cheer the runners on. Don your GREEN clothes and come out with a noise maker, signage, and/or a musical instrument. Let’s make noise so the runners remember our city. Runners are going to vote for their favorite Hydration Stations and their favorite Cheering Section so we want them to remember us! Prize money will go towards the city’s new walking program, “Walk There, Decatur!”