FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -
After flooding earlier this week, it took two days of extra work to get the starting line area of the All American Marathon ready for Sunday’s race.
Heavy rain on Tuesday caused Cross Creek to flood Linear Park and other areas near Festival Park in Fayetteville. Plants such as rose bushes and ornamental grasses were pushed sideways by rushing water that covered them. Mulch was also washed away.
So parks and recreation workers spent hours on Thursday and Friday using leaf blowers to get some of that mulch back to where it belongs and to clean dirt off of walkways and plants. They also replaced much of the mulch in the park area’s landscaping.
Street sweepers also cleared Ray Avenue – where the marathon and half marathon begin - of sand that the flood waters deposited throughout the area. In addition to the start line area, workers also needed to pay some extra attention to the route.
“Everything was good to go until the storm came in,” explained Gary Martin with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation. “We were on schedule, but we had to go run the route again, clean the sidewalks and the curbs and get it cleaned up.”
Road closures will affect many downtown streets Sunday morning. Other significant closures include a stretch of Morganton Road and lanes of the All American Expressway that drivers usually travel on as they are headed away from Fort Bragg. A full list of road closures because of the All American Marathon and Mike to Mike Half Marathon can be found here.
Parking for the race day will be available near the start in downtown Fayetteville and near the finish on Fort Bragg. Maps of parking areas and information about shuttles between the start area and finish area are available here.
Because the race begins well before the start of church services, organizers do not anticipate the event will interfere with people attending church services in downtown Fayetteville. Church parking lots will not be available to runners or race spectators.
Access to Fort Bragg will operate under special event rules. Anyone who is not a Department of Defense identification holder is encouraged to apply for an access pass in advance if possible. Passes are available at the welcome center at the All American Freeway access point to Fort Bragg. The welcome center is open 24/7.
If a pass cannot be obtained before Sunday, anyone who needs to access Fort Bragg without a DOD identification should go to one of the following three access gates:
All American Freeway
Knox Street at Bragg Boulevard
Randolph Street at Bragg Boulevard
More details about Fort Bragg access can be found here.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>