Inaugural 'Love Run' to Cause Road Closures

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A new half-marathon kicks off the 2014 running season in Philadelphia Sunday. The Love Run starts and ends at Eakins Oval, taking participants past the city's most adored landmarks and causing road closures throughout Center City and parts of West Philadelphia.

    Runners wil take off at 8 a.m. from the starting line on the north side of Eakins Oval. From there, they trek east on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until hitting a three-way intersection at 16th Street. They continue east on Arch Street before turning south on 6th Street until they reach Market Street.

    The route continues west on Market Street and the runners will circle around City Hall before continuing west on John F. Kennedy Boulevard to 16th Street. Racers will head on 16th Street north to the Parkway, where they will turn west to continue running on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

    Next the participants will run west on Sweet Briar Drive, turning north on Landsdowne Drive, then west on South Concourse Drive, followed by north on East Memorial Hall Drive.

    Runners weave through Fairmount Park, heading east on the Avenue of the Republic then following Lansdowne Drive/Black Road from the circle to MLK Drive.

    Turning south on MLK Drive, runners will sprint towards the finish line along Eakins Oval and in front of the Art Museum steps.

    Eakins Oval should reopen around noon, while all other detours should open by 2 p.m., according to the Philadelphia Police Department.

    Drivers should expect delays in the race area. Officers will be along the route to assist motorists.