East Meadow - (WALK) One of our region's most popular annual sporting events is running this weekend: the RXR Long Island Marathon. Authorities say thousands of participants and spectators will attend the race in Uniondale and East Meadow Sunday.
Sunday's 42nd annual event features a 10K, half-marathon, and the main event: the 26.2-mile marathon.
The Marathon, half-marathon and 10K runs will begin at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, adjacent to Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. As many as 8,000 runners are expected to participate, according to organizers.
County officials say there is no specific safety threat this year, but following last year's fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon, Nassau police will employ enhanced security practices throughout the events:
Spectators will be forbidden to bring bags into the finish line area; participants may only check possessions in clear bags provided by officials at check-in; K-9 dogs will patrol the general area; NCPD Homeland Security squads will employ portable radiation detectors on site.
Road Closures Sunday
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard closes between 7:15 and 9:30 a.m. The portion from Merrick Avenue to to James Doolittle Boulevard closes at 5:00 a.m.
Merrick Avenue north of Hempstead Turnpike closes between 7:30 and 9:45 a.m.
Old Country Road is closes from Post Avenue to School Street, and School Street from Old Country Road to Railroad Avenue between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.
Salisbury Park Drive, and Post Avenue from Railroad Avenue to Jericho Turnpike closes between 7:50 and 10:30 a.m.
Railroad Avenue closes between 7:50 and 10:00 a.m.
Jericho Turnpike closes eastbound from Post Avenue to Brush Hollow Road between 7:50 and 11:00 a.m.
Brush Hollow Road remains open south of Wantagh Parkway, 7:50 to 11:30 a.m.
Carman Avenue closes from Old Country Road to Nottingham Road between 7:50 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Wantagh Parkway, from 7:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meadowbrook Parkway exits and entrances to-and-from Charles Lindbergh Boulevard and Eisenhower Park will be closed between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m.
Northern State Parkway exits to Post Avenue and Wantagh Parkway re-open after 3:00 p.m.
Traffic is closed to Eisenhower Park Boulevard between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
THE HEMPSTEAD TURNPIKE ENTRANCE is OPEN ALL DAY.