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Traffic Advisory for Weekend Events: Beat the Deadline 5k and the Nation's Triathlon

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation wish to inform the public of two events scheduled for this weekend – Beat the Deadline 5K on Saturday, September 6 and the Nation’s Triathlon on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

Beat The Deadline 5K

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, the Beat the Deadline 5K will take place in the District of Columbia.  In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:


  • Starting in the 1300 block of F Street NW
  • East on F Street NW
  • South on 13th Street NW
  • East on Pennsylvania Ave NW
  • South on 3rd Street NW to 3rd Street SW & D Street SW.
  • Runners will U-turn at 3rd & D Street SW 
  • Proceed back northbound on 3rd Street to westbound Pennsylvania Ave NW
  • North on 13th Street NW
  • Back to the finish line.


The race start time will be from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, at which time the roadways mentioned above will be closed to traffic.




Nation's Triathlon 2014 and Beat the Deadline 5K

The Nation’s Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 2014.  For more information, please visit:

The following streets will be closed from 5:30 am to 1:00 pm:

•    14th Street bridge HOV outbound lanes will be closed to traffic. 

Bike Route:

          Start:    Independence Avenue at West Basin Drive SW

  • Turn right onto 14th St SW
  • Merge left onto 395 HOV lanes (southbound only)
  • U-turn on 395 HOV lanes near South fern Street
  • Merge onto 14th Street, SW
  • Turn left onto Independence Avenue, SW
  • Merge onto Ohio Drive, SW
  • Merge right onto Potomac Freeway
  • Merge right toward E Street/E Street Expressway
  • Turn left onto 20th Street, NW
  • Turn left onto E Street, NW
  • Merge right onto Potomac Freeway
  • Merge right onto Whitehurst Freeway
  • U-turn on Whitehurst near M Street, NW
  • Merge right onto Potomac Freeway
  • Turn right onto Rock Creek Parkway
  • U-turn at Rock Creek and F Street, NW
  • Merge right onto Ohio Drive, SW
  • Merge onto Independence

Finish: (begin 2nd loop) at Independence Ave (east of Ericsson Circle)

Run Route:

START: Independence Avenue, SW and West Basin Drive, SW (curb lane)


  • Bear right on Maine Avenue, SW
  • Turn left on 15th Street, SW
  • Turnaround on 15th Street, SW
  • Turn left on Maine Avenue, SW
  • Turn right on Ohio Drive, SW
  • Turn right on East Basin Drive, SW
  • Turnaround at East Basin and Ohio Drive, SW
  • Turn right on Ohio Drive, SW


FINISH: Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive, SW

*Below is a list of closed streets as well as alternative routes that can be used during the event:

  • Ramp for Westbound 395 toward Maine, Avenue will be closed to traffic

     (Alternate routes will be 14th Street Bridge, 9th Street Tunnel and 12th Street Tunnel)


  • Potomac River Freeway will be closed to traffic.

(Alternate routes will be 23rd Street, NW, Constitution Avenue, NW and Virginia Avenue,     NW)

*East and westbound M Street, NW and south Wisconsin Avenue, NW, will remain open to traffic during the event.  Whitehurst Freeway will not open inbound or outbound from 5:30 to approximately 1:00 pm. *


 Motorists traveling in the area of these events may experience delays and should consider alternative routes if possible. The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists to pay full attention whenever operating any motor vehicle and to be mindful of heavy pedestrian traffic that may be associated with special events.  These street closings are subject to change without notice based upon unanticipated events and prevailing conditions.