Traffic advisories have been issued for Ventnor, Margate and Longport during the 59th annual Atlantic City Marathon being sponsored by AmeriHealth, Sunday, Oct. 22.
There will be 5K and 10K races beginning Saturday, Oct. 21, with the certified 26.2-mile marathon Sunday. It is the third-oldest marathon in the United States.
The course includes the Atlantic City Boardwalk and Brigantine Connector Tunnel, employee access roads at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Harrah’s Resort and Golden Nugget in Atlantic City; the Ventnor Boardwalk; Atlantic, Amherst, Monroe, Huntington, Marshall and Jerome avenues in Margate; and Atlantic Avenue in Longport.
To ensure the safety of competitors, staff, volunteers and the general public, the Ventnor Board of Commissioners will eliminate parking on both sides of the South Washington Avenue beach block and the ocean side of Atlantic Avenue from Washington to Fredericksburg avenues. The commission is also prohibiting the riding of bicycles on the Boardwalk during the event. Walkers are advised to use caution when walking or running on the Boardwalk.
In Margate, parking will be restricted on the ocean side of the entire length of Atlantic Avenue, and there will be no parking on both sides of Amherst Avenue from Huntington to Monroe. Amherst Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are no-parking restrictions for Monroe, Huntington, Marshall and Jerome avenues, but police will be stationed at key locations to direct traffic, Margate Traffic Officer Larry Dickerson said.
Longport is also restricting parking on the ocean side of the entire length of Atlantic Avenue from 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Runners will go to the end of Atlantic Avenue and use the turn-around at 11th Avenue. Borough officials said they worked with the contractor building the Longport Point revetment project to clear the area for runners.
Motorists can expect delays at all locations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
At several locations along the route, marathon organizers will offer live music and a place for supporters to cheer on the runners.
As many as 2,500 runners from all 50 states are expected to participate in the race. This year’s event will feature a huge finish line beer garden with craft beer, live music and medals.
For more information, see acraceseries.com.