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NEWORLEANS - Runners are tying up their laces for Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. But before the race begins, there are some traffic restrictions drivers should know about.

The race is set to start at 7 a.m. at Poydras and Camp streets.

About 18,000 runners, including some of the best in the world, are expected to participate. Mo Farah, the Somali-born British international track and field athlete, will be at the starting line.

Runners hail from all over the United States, as well as 23 other countries.

Bands every mile join cheerleaders and spectators to encourage the participants.

Participants will get a tour of the city. They will run up St.Charles Avenue to Audubon Park, then back to Esplanade and out around City Park to the Lakefront and then along Lakeshore Drive. The race ends at City Park.

The long route inspired parking instructions and traffic restrictions for drivers across the city.

  • There is no parking in the area surrounding the starting line and Lafayette Square starting at midnight on Saturday.
  • There is no parking around the French Market-area and City Park-area.
  • There is also no parking on the neutral ground around City Park at the finish line.

The city suggested people park in parking garages and parking lots downtown. Carpooling is recommended.

Parking enforcement officers will be looking for those who block driveways and fire hydrants.

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