Queen Bee Half Marathon: What You Need to Know About Road Closures
The Queen Bee Half Marathon is a women’s running event that celebrates the power and beauty of women, while raising money for local charities. The event features a half marathon, a 4-mile run, and a bee-u-tique expo. The race is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2023, and will start and finish at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.
However, if you are planning to participate in or watch the Queen Bee Half Marathon this weekend, you might want to be aware of some road closures that will affect your travel plans. The course runs through some of Cincinnati’s historic and scenic neighborhoods, such as Eden Park, Hyde Park, and Mount Lookout. The closures are happening in stages so how your route is impacted will depend on what time you are driving.
Road Closures Starting at 4 a.m.
According to the city of Cincinnati, these streets will be closed starting at 4 a.m. and should reopen after 1 p.m. when the race is estimated to be over:
- Eggleston Avenue- closed between Reedy Street and Reading Road
- Court Street- closed between Vine Street and Reedy Street
- Reedy Street- closed between Eggleston Avenue and Court Street
- Reading Road- closed between Central Parkway and Dorchester Avenue
- Dorchester Avenue- closed between Reading Road and Gilbert Avenue
- Gilbert Avenue- closed between Dorchester Avenue and Eden Park Drive
- Eden Park Drive- closed between Gilbert Avenue and Victory Parkway
- Victory Parkway- closed between Eden Park Drive and Madison Road
- Madison Road- closed between Victory Parkway and Erie Avenue
- Erie Avenue- closed between Madison Road and Marburg Avenue
- Marburg Avenue- closed between Erie Avenue and Wasson Road
- Wasson Road- closed between Marburg Avenue and Paxton Avenue
- Paxton Avenue- closed between Wasson Road and Observatory Avenue
- Observatory Avenue- closed between Paxton Avenue and Linwood Avenue
- Linwood Avenue- closed between Observatory Avenue and Eastern Avenue
- Eastern Avenue- closed between Linwood Avenue and Columbia Parkway
Road Closures Starting at 6:30 a.m.
In addition to the above streets, these streets will be closed starting at 6:30 a.m. and should reopen after 11:30 a.m. when the race is estimated to be over:
- Columbia Parkway (westbound)- closed between Eastern Avenue and Bains Street
- Bains Street (northbound)- closed between Columbia Parkway and Riverside Drive
- Riverside Drive (westbound)- closed between Bains Street and Eggleston Avenue
Road Closures Starting at 7:30 a.m.
In addition to the above streets, these streets will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m. and should reopen after 12:30 p.m. when the race is estimated to be over:
- Eggleston Avenue (northbound)- closed between Riverside Drive and Third Street
- Third Street (westbound)- closed between Eggleston Avenue and Elm Street
- Elm Street (northbound)- closed between Third Street and Fifth Street
- Fifth Street (eastbound)- closed between Elm Street and Central Avenue
How to Avoid Traffic Delays
If you are driving in or near the race course, you might want to plan ahead and use alternative routes or modes of transportation. Here are some tips to avoid traffic delays:
- Check the [race map] to see the exact route and closure times of the race.
- Use [Google Maps] or [Waze] to get real-time traffic updates and directions.
- Use public transportation such as [Metro] or [TANK] buses or [Red Bike] bike share.
- Park in one of the many [downtown garages] or [metered spaces] that are not affected by the race.
- Arrive early or stay late to enjoy the [bee-u-tique expo], which features local vendors, entertainment, food, drinks, and more.
Have Fun at the Queen Bee Half Marathon
The Queen Bee Half Marathon is more than just a race. It is a celebration of women’s empowerment, health, fitness, and community. Whether you are running, walking, cheering, or volunteering, you are part of something special. Have fun at the Queen Bee Half Marathon and remember to bee amazing! 🐝