Street closures are planned in Providence Sunday to make way for the 9th annual Providence marathon. The race starts at 7 a.m. and lasts until roughly 2 p.m.
Despite an early mix-up over race registration, some 3,000 runners are signed up to take part, several hundred more than organizers were expecting.
Earlier this year, hundreds of runners signed up for the Providence marathon under a company that no longer organizes the race. After legal action, the current organizer was able to honor all registrations.
Several city streets have been closed or limited for traffic, including parts of Gano St, the Henderson Bridge and the streets around downtown’s Kennedy Plaza.
Marathon organizer Susan Rancourt says the race begins in downtown, and winds its way along the east bay and finishes back in the capitol city.
“So the marathon is a beautiful mix of East Providence, Riverside, it goes along the bike path, it loops through Haines Park, it goes past the RI Country Club, so it’s got this stunning view, right around the halfway point, and it’s relatively flat, because you are on the bike path,” said Rancourt.
Marathon organizer Susan Rancourt says parts of Interstate 195 and the East Side of Providence will be especially difficult to navigate.
“So what we’re recommending is that people try not to go to Providence off I-195, if anything they can access Providence from 95,” said Rancourt. “Really exit 22 and North. Kind off from the mall towards memorial drive is all going to be very congested.”
You can check out a full list of street closures here.