With 6000 runners participating in “Chapel Hill’s Best Event” there will be many road closures and traffic diversions/detours that we want you to be aware of. We encourage you to become familiar with the information presented here so that you will be minimally-inconvenienced should you be out and about on the morning of Saturday, April 18th.
RACE START TIMES:
7:20 AM – 4 Mile Run
7:30 AM – 10 Miler
RALEIGH ROAD CLOSURE:
With NC-DOT approval & support, Raleigh Rd will be completely closed to traffic between Country Club Rd & the intersection of 15/501 from 7:00-10:00 AM. Electronic signage will be placed on 15/501 and Rt 54 during race week to remind motorists of this important road closure. Please avoid the intersection of Rt 54 and 15/501 on race morning if possible. Otherwise, please use the designated detour routes.
OTHER ROAD CLOSURES:
All other roads along the course will be closed and then re-opened on a rolling basis as the runners pass by the various areas on the course. Most road closures will occur between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Police and course monitors will be positioned at each intersection on the course. Vehicles will not be allowed on the course once that section of roadway has been closed. Detours and alternate routes will be enabled by police, public works, & course marshals. At certain intersections, cars may be “pulsed” across the course when deemed safe by the officer controlling that intersection. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to find a large enough break in the participants to “pulse” across your car.
DETOUR ROUTES – [DOWNLOAD DETOUR MAP] We recommend residents and business owners along the course review the detour map and plan ahead to take alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. Some roads will be completely closed during the race. All other roads along the course will be closed and then re-opened on a rolling basis as the runners pass by the various areas on the course.
UNC CAMPUS VISITORS:
There will be many concurrent events taking place on campus on race morning. UNC Police will be working very closely with race organizers and Chapel Hill Public Works to ensure that campus remains as accessible as possible.
Be sure to download the [Race Morning Campus Visitor Guide] for information about navigating campus and parking on race morning. UNC Police officers will have these guides available to hand out to motorists at key intersections.
CHAPEL HILL RESIDENTS & DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES:
The 10 Miler runners will be passing through Chapel Hill’s downtown district and many of its most beautiful neighborhoods:
Battle Park, Historic Rosemary, Gimghoul, Greenwood, and Laurel Hill. In all cases, cars should use extreme caution and heed the directions of police and race course marshals. Impact time frames and local traffic instructions available below.
Downtown / 7:15-8:45 AM
Both westbound lanes of Franklin St will be closed from 7:15-8:45 AM from Park Lane to Graham St. Both eastbound lanes of Franklin St will be closed from 7:15-8:45 AM from Graham St to Columbia St. All eastbound traffic coming from Carrboro is advised to use Rosemary St eastbound or Merritt Mill Rd southbound. Franklin St will be closed at Estes Drive and Merritt Mill Rd from 7:15-8:45 AM. Only local through traffic will be allowed to residents that live between Estes Rd and Park Ln.
Historic Rosemary / 7:30-8:15 AM
The following roads will be closed within the Historic Rosemary neighborhood: N. Boundary St from Franklin St to North St, East Rosemary St from Hillsborough St to Glenburnie St, Glenburnie St from Rosemary St to North St, North St from Glenburnie St to Hillsborough St, and Hillsborough St from North St to Franklin St.
Battle Park / 7:15-8:45 AM
Raleigh St, Battle Ln, & Boundary St will be closed to thru traffic. Should you wish to exit, please do so via Battle Ln toward E. Cameron Ave.
Gimghoul / 7:50-8:55 AM
Runners will be using the entire width of the roads. Should you absolutely need to exit the neighborhood, please exit to Country Club Rd heading towards E. Cameron Ave using the LEFT lane (coned off)
Greenwood Rd/ 8:00-9:15 AM
The intersection of Raleigh Rd & Greenwood Rd will be closed. Runners will be using the right lane of the roads inside the Greenwood neighborhood. Should you absolutely need to exit the neighborhood, please use extreme caution and navigate to the northernmost Old Mill Rd exit to Fordham Blvd.
Laurel Hill / 8:10-9:40 AM
Runners will be using both lanes as they run uphill. Police will be securing the top and bottom of the hill, blocking all thru traffic. Should you absolutely need to exit the neighborhood, please use the downhill (southbound) lane only towards Fordham Blvd.
WHERE ARE RUNNERS & WHEN? – [view impact chart]
Click on the chart below to get a better understanding of where runners will be between 7:20-10:00 AM on race morning.