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Spring Street between Hocking Street and West Street will close at midnight following the Crew and Blue Jacket games. Neil Avenue between Nationwide Boulevard and Long Street will close at midnight following the Crew and Blue Jacket games.

As thousands of people descend on downtown Columbus for Sunday’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, drivers and COTA riders are being reminded to expect travel delays and reroutes.

Marathon officials say road closures began Thursday morning at the start/finish line in the North Bank Park area of Long St. between Neil Ave. to Hocking St.

On Sunday, the marathon and half marathon are set to start at 7:30 a.m. on Long Street.

Organizers say roads will be subject to partial or full closure based upon the expected arrival times of the first and last athlete.

Spring Street, Long Street, and Neil Avenue will open back up to traffic at 6 p.m.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is expecting major route changes as runners take to the streets.

Reroutes will begin on Friday, affecting inbound express lines 71, 72, and 73 North Bank Park. COTA said this could lead to some minor delays getting downtown from those lines during evening rush hour.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is expecting major delays and reroutes this weekend as thousands of runners participate in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and Half-Marathon.

Reroutes will begin on Friday, affecting inbound express lines 71, 72, and 73 North Bank Park. COTA said this could lead to some minor delays getting downtown from those lines during evening rush hour.

On Sunday, at least 16 COTA lines will be rerouted throughout the morning and early afternoon. These reroutes will affect Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 22, 31,102, and CMAX.

COTA said beginning at 4 a.m. Sunday, all downtown transit stops will be closed, and more than 500 transit stops will be closed at some point during the day in downtown Columbus, German Village, Bexley, North Bank, Arena District, Short North, Victorian Village, Ohio State University, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington.

following the conclusion of the marathon Sunday afternoon, all reroutes will end. See more about the COTA changes here.

COTA reroutes began on Friday, when the accompanying Health & Fitness Expo gets underway at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Expo hours are scheduled from on Saturday. Parking areas are listed on the Convention Center’s web site.

Saturday road closures

Spring Street will re-open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the Columbus Blue Jackets’ home game, and then will close until 6 p.m. Sunday
On Sunday, race day officials advised runners to be downtown early in time for the corralls to open at 6 a.m. The race itself began at 7:30 a.m. Parking information can be found on the Arena District’s web site.

Sunday road closures

Marathon officials say roads will be subject to partial or full closure “based on the expected arrival times of the first and last athletes.”
Spring Street, Long Street and Neil Ave. will open back up to traffic at 6 p.m.
According to COTA, nearly all downtown transit stops will be closed beginning at 4 a.m. Sunday. In addition, more than 500 transit stops will be closed at some point Sunday in Downtown Columbus, German Village, Bexley, North Bank, Arena District, Short North, Victorian Village, The Ohio State University, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington.

Details of all reroutes can be found on COTA’s web site. Anyone with questions is urged to call COTA customer service Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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