Runners are lacing up for the Long Island Marathon Sunday. Click here to see which roads will close to traffic

Nassau police expect to reopen all of the roads by 1:30 p.m.

News 12 Staff

May 2, 2024, 11:44 AM

Updated 18 days ago


Long Islanders are getting ready to lace up their shoes this weekend.
They will be hitting the pavement for the Long Island Marathon.
News 12’s Nicolette Schleisman was live at the finish line at Eisenhower Park for a preview of what to expect for the weekend.
For a full list of events, click here.
Multiple roads will be closed for the event staring at 7 a.m. Sunday. Nassau police expect to reopen all of the roads by 1:30 p.m. Below is a list of all the road closures you can expect:


  • Charles Lindbergh Boulevard (Entire loop) from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Earl Ovington Boulevard (Entire Length) from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Merrick Avenue (Hempstead Turnpike to Stewart Ave/Park Blvd) from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Park Boulevard (Hempstead Turnpike entrance) from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Park Boulevard (Merrick Ave Entrance) from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


  • Meadowbrook State Parkway exits onto Charles Lindbergh Boulevard (Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College and Eisenhower Park exits), will be closed from 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
  • Meadowbrook State Parkway exit to east-bound Stewart Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
  • Eisenhower Park's Park Boulevard will not allow through traffic as noted below. Public parking in the Park will be permitted up until 6:30 a.m. from the Hempstead Turnpike entrance until 7 a.m. via the Merrick Avenue entrance.
  • Eisenhower Park’s Park Boulevard will be closed at the Hempstead Turnpike entrance at 6:30 A.M. until approximately 9 a.m. Once reopened, through traffic to Merrick Avenue will not be permitted until approximately 1:30 p.m. however, access into and within the park itself will be available.
  • Eisenhower Park’s Park Boulevard will be closed at the Merrick Avenue entrance at 7 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. Once reopened, through traffic to Hempstead Turnpike will be permitted.
Below are the security measures that you can expect during the marathon:
• All vehicles at starting line and other staging areas must be credentialed and known in advance
• Large contingent of uniformed and non-uniformed police officers will be assigned to the event
• Officers assigned from NCPD Emergency Services and other units with portable radiation detectors
• All race participants must bring their personal belongings in the clear plastic bag provided by the race committee. Bags will be subject to K-9 explosive detection prior to being loaded onto the trucks bringing them to the finish line. K-9’s will be patrolling the general area
• Participants should arrive early due to modified road closures around the start and finish line areas and should plan to leave enough time for parking and travel to starting line
• Only registered participants will be permitted into the Marathon and Half Marathon starting line area on Park Blvd on Sunday
• Spectators and family members will be permitted to view the Start Line activities from a pre-designated area but will not be allowed to congregate with the athletes
• Race participants may only use clear bags at the baggage check. Clear bags will be provided by race officials at participant check-in
• Any bags or packages found on the ground will be discarded or destroyed. Participants should not place personal items along the race route.
• Eisenhower Park finish line security at the spectator seating area includes Modified Fencing and Jersey Walls around seating Entrance/Exit gateways and bags/backpacks will be searched
• Finish line festival area will include fencing and Jersey Walls to limit gateways for ingress and egress
• The staff and volunteer-only areas require vehicle credentials as well as individual credentials. Only previously credentialed individuals will be permitted in these areas
• Spectators wishing to view the Start Line activities are not permitted to bring bags or carried items of any kind into the Eisenhower Park Start Line area
• Bags and most carried items will be permitted within the Finish Line Festival Area after the start of the race and will subject to search before entering

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