Drivers can expect detours and parking restrictions across the city this weekend as thousands of runners take to the streets to finish the last mile of the Boston Marathon, and pay tribute to law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty.
On Saturday morning, up to 4,500 runners will gather on Beacon Street between Park Drive and Brookline Avenue to participate in the #onerun.
Starting in Kenmore Square, runners will travel from Beacon Street to Commonwealth Avenue inbound, under Massachusetts Avenue, right onto Hereford Street, and left onto Boylston Street, ending at the Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Boston Runners and Run Against Cancer Events organized the event to allow runners who were still on the course when two bombs exploded near the finish line to finish the race, but the run is free and open to all. Organizers have said they hope the run boosts local businesses in the Back Bay.
Detours will be in place as the runners make their way along the route, and temporary Tow Zone, No Stopping regulations will be in effect on both sides of Boylston Street from Hereford Street to Clarendon Street, and the odd side of Beacon Street from 693 Beacon St. to Brookline Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon.
On Sunday, about 6,000 runners will take to the streets to run the annual Run to Remember Road Race. The event, a tribute race for Massachusetts law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty, can be run as either a half-marathon or a five-mile race will begin at the World Trade Center on Seaport Boulevard.
Road closures will begin at approximately 7 a.m. along the following route: Seaport Boulevard, right on Atlantic Avenue, left on State Street, right on Congress Street, left on New Chardon Street, right on Cambridge Street, around Charles Circle (half-marathon continues straight on Longfellow Bridge, left on Memorial Drive and returns to Charles Circle) right on Charles Street, right on Beacon Street, left on Arlington Street, right on Commonwealth Avenue outbound, to a U Turn at Berkeley Street, to Commonwealth Avenue inbound, right on Arlington Street, left on Boylston Street south roadway, left on Washington Street, right on Milk Street, right on Congress Street, left on Atlantic Avenue, right on Seaport Boulevard, and ending at the World Trade Center.
Temporary Tow Zone, No Stopping regulations will also be in effect from 7 a.m. to noon on both sides of Cambridge Street from New Chardon Street to Charles Circle; both sides of Seaport Boulevard from B Street to Atlantic Avenue; the north side of State Street from Atlantic Avenue to Congress Street; and the south side of Water Street from Washington Street to Congress Street.
The race, started by the Boston Police Runner's Club nine years ago, is sold out and organizers say more than 3,000 people registered to run after the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Boston Transportation Department urged all users of the road to proceed with caution when travelling around the city and encouraged travellers to use the MBTA.
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