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Runners on St. Charles Avenue show Mardi Gras spirit in the 2011 Rock’n’Roll Marathon. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

More than 16,000 runners and selection of bands will take over St. Charles Avenue on Sunday morning for the 2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.

The race begins at 7 a.m. downtown and proceeds up St. Charles Avenue to Audubon Park, then back down the avenue toward downtown and the rest of the course. Meanwhile, from about 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., bands will be playing at stages on St. Charles Avenue at Melpomene, the Visitor’s Center, Conery, Amelia and Octavia:

The full schedule can be found here.

City officials plan to enforce parking restrictions around the route, according to the following news release:

Today, the City of New Orleans issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of the 2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon slated for Sunday, February 24, 2013. The event is expected to draw more than 16,000 runners to the city.

Both races begin at 7:00 a.m. in the Central Business District at the corner of Poydras and Camp Streets, running along Poydras Street to Rampart Street, to Howard Avenue and Lee Circle, proceeding up St. Charles Avenue to the front entrance of Audubon Park, travelling back down St. Charles Avenue through the French Quarter along Decatur Street to Esplanade Avenue. The latter part of the course involves the City Park and Lakefront area of the City, ending in City Park.

Race participants that are driving to the race are encouraged to park in downtown long term lots and carpool whenever possible.

There will be no parking along the race route.

The race course and area surrounding the starting line and Lafayette Square will become a no parking zone beginning 12:00 a.m. midnight Saturday evening. Towing will begin at that time along the course to allow for race organizers to begin race set-up, including along Decatur Street near the French Market, along both sides of Esplanade Avenue, and the neutral ground (median) on Marconi Drive adjacent to City Park. Meters will be bagged and signs will be posted warning residents of the parking restrictions.

The Competitor Group, the organization that produces the event, has a comprehensive community relations plan in place to inform the local community directly affected by the course of the parking restrictions and street closures.

Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs, in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the starting and finish line, including Navarre, City Park, Faubourg St. John and Algiers Point. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.

Signs are also posted on Marconi Drive by City Park to warn drivers not to park on the neutral ground, near the race’s finish line.

In addition, RTA services, including both streetcar lines and bus service will be interrupted along the course. Details on route changes are available at www.norta.com.

Attached to this release is a map of the marathon and half marathon routes. Please visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/new-orleans for further details on the race.

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