A few spots remain open for runners to enter Endurance Magazine’s eighth annual Tar Heel 10-Miler and 4-Miler, but organizers already expect a record mumber of entrants for Saturday mornng’s races, and local public safety officials are preparing accordingly.
The 4-Mile run will begin at 7:20 a.m., and the 10-Miler is set to begin 10 minutes later. All post-race activities in Kenan Stadium will conclude by 11 a.m.
(Lat-minute entrants can sign up for race only on Friday at the Tar Heel Expo at University Mall. There will be no same-day registration at Kenan.)
Traffic will be detoured in areas of Chapel Hill from 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 18, as more than 6,000 runners course around the UNC campus, down Franklin Street and through the bordering neighborhoods
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid delays between 6 and 10 a.m.
The Chapel Hill Police Department will have officers stationed at various intersections to guide motorists and ensure public safety.
Road Closures and Detours
Here’s a look at the key areas affected:
Raleigh Road / 6-10 a.m.
With the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s approval and support, Raleigh Road will be completely closed to traffic between Country Club Road and the intersection of 15/501 from 6 to 10 a.m.
Downtown (Estes Drive to Merritt Mill Rd) / 7:15-8:45 a.m.
Both westbound lanes of Franklin Street will be closed from 7:15-8:45 a.m. from Park Place to Graham Street. Both eastbound lanes of Franklin Street will be closed from 7:15-8:45 a.m. from Graham Street to Columbia Street. All eastbound traffic coming from Carrboro is advised to use Rosemary Street eastbound or Merritt Mill Road southbound.
All westbound traffic coming from East Franklin Street is advised to use Estes Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard or Estes Drive to 15-501. Franklin Street will be closed at Estes Drive and Merritt Mill Road from 7:15-8:45 a.m. Only local through traffic will be allowed to residents that live between Estes Drive and Park Place.
Historic Rosemary / 7:30-8:15 a.m.
The following roads will be closed within the Historic Rosemary neighborhood: N. Boundary Street from Franklin Street to North Street, East Rosemary Street from Hillsborough Street to Glenburnie Street, Glenburnie Street from Rosemary Street to North Street, North Street from Glenburnie Street to Hillsborough Street, and Hillsborough Street from North Street to Franklin Street.
Should you wish to exit, please do so by 7:15 a.m.
Battle Park / 7:15-8:45 a.m.
Raleigh Street, Battle Lane, and Boundary Street will be closed to thru traffic.
Gimghoul / 7:50-8:55 a.m.
Runners will be using the entire width of the roads. Exiting the neighborhood during the above time frame will be very difficult and likely dangerous to the runners. Please plan to exit the neighborhood prior to 7:15 a.m. if you need to go somewhere on race morning.
Greenwood Road/ 7:25-9:15 a.m.
The intersection of Raleigh Road and Greenwood Road 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 Road exit to Fordham Boulevard.
Laurel Hill / 7:30-9:40 a.m.
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 Boulevard.
All other roads along the course will be closed and then reopened on a rolling basis as the runners pass by the various areas on the course. 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 and course marshals. At certain intersections, cars may be “pulsed” across the course when deemed safe by the officer controlling that intersection. We recommend residents and businesses along the course review the road closures chart and detour map at www.tarheel10miler.com and plan to take alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.
The roadways will clear and normal traffic is expected to resume by 10 a.m. For more information, including a course map, please visit www.tarheel10miler.com.
Race organizer Thys Wind said people should expect anywhere from between 6,200-6,400 runners ... several hundred more than last year” to hit the streets.
Billed as “North Carolina’s premier running experience,” the Tar Heel 10-Miler presented by CEP Compression Sportswear and the Fleet Feet Four-Mile run are designed to celebrate and showcase downtown Chapel Hill, the UNC campus, and the surrounding communities.