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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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Changes coming Sunday at the hospital

Notices are posted throughout Mary Washington Hospital, warning staff and visitors that this Sunday, from about 6 a.m. to noon, will be different. That’s when the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon arrives.

As many as 5,000 runners will enter the hospital property just after the 10-mile mark, or at about 8 a.m. They’ll enter at the light at U.S. 1, run behind the building and exit toward Central Park on Cowan Boulevard. Both entrances to the hospital property will be open throughout the morning, though both will be affected by the race.

Cars approaching the hospital from U.S. 1 will enter through what are normally the exit lanes. In the words of James Swisher, who’s been handling preparations for the hospital, they’ll “come in through the out-door.”

The Cowan Boulevard entrance also will be open, but motorists won’t be able to exit there. The only exit will be at U.S. 1.

The hospital has race details on its Web site HERE and a map of the changes HERE.

A list of road closings elsewhere in the city is HERE.  

Emily Battle, my colleague, prepared a story for today’s Weekender section. The story has lots of details about events, parking, shuttles and entertainment. She also writes about the half marathon on her May 12 City Beat blog. 

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