On Sunday, thousands of runners will once again participate in the Annual New Bedford Half Marathon.
The race is hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a New Bedford-based fraternal organization, and the City of New Bedford. The course is a challenging one that includes two major hills, while featuring waterfront views and hundreds of volunteers and cheering fans lining roadways downtown along the loop route, which starts and ends on Pleasant Street near City Hall.
The New Bedford Police Department has asked runners and spectators not to bring bags to the course, as backpacks, suitcases and rolling bags will not be permitted near the start/finish area. Police also ask that spectators and runners report any suspicious activity to one of the many police officers available throughout the course leading up to, during, and after the race.
Residents are advised to plan ahead, as traffic will be restricted from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Police encourage residents who live in the south end of the city, especially those who live on the peninsula, to plan to leave for any necessary travel before 10:30 a.m. and return after 1:30 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to avoid Route 18 southbound from Union Street while the race is underway.
The City of New Bedford will offer complimentary parking at the Elm Street and Zeiterion garages.
The entire New Bedford community is involved in welcoming the runners and their friends and families. New Bedford is a great place to shop, dine and explore before and after the race. Please visit www.destinationnewbedford.org for more information.
For more information on the race and race day activities please visit: www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com.
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