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This is a reflection of the 2019 event! Updated 2020 information will be available closer to race day!

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Detours

The Bull City Race Fest is produced in close partnership with the City of Durham, Durham Police, Duke University Police, and the American Tobacco Campus. The half-marathon race starts at 7:30 AM on Blackwell Street.

This is a local community-building event that showcase the best parts of Durham, including many neighborhoods with churches. We are committed to providing the members of our community advance notice of roads impacted.

You will see the following appear around town in the weeks before the race:

  • One electronic message board located in downtown Durham
  • Postcards mailed to every resident and business on or near the race course

Road Closures

Roads utilized for the race course will be closed and re-opened on a rolling basis as runners pass through the course. Most road closures will occur between 7-10:45 AM.

Downtown Durham will re-open to normal traffic procedures starting at 8:30 AM. All roads north of Main Street and Duke’s East Campus will re-open starting at 9 AM. All roads south of Main Street will have rolling closures from 9 AM to 10:45 AM.

Police and course monitors will be positioned at each intersection on the course. Detours and alternate routes will be supported by DPD & course marshals. At certain intersections, cars may be assisted across the course when deemed safe by the officer in charge. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to find a large enough break in the participants to help you across.

Church Impact

Below is a listing of the churches on our race course and an indication if there will be an impact to the church. If your church will be impacted, please view and print the church access guides linked above. If your church is not listed here and you feel it should be, please contact info@bullcityracefest.com.

  • Asbury & New Creation UMC, 806 Clarendon St: impacted starting at 7:45 AM until 9:05 AM
  • Dayspring Fellowship Church, 922 9th St: impacted 7:45 AM until 9:00 AM
  • Faith Fellowship Church, Englewood West of N. Buchanan will be closed until 9:05 AM
  • First Calvary Baptist Church, S. Buchanan Blvd from 8:05 AM until 9:30 AM; Morehead Ave will be closed on Carol to Vickers from 8:05 AM to 10:45 AM; congregation should use Chapel Hill Road
  • Grace Lutheran Church, Englewood West of N. Buchanan will be closed until 9:05 AM
  • Morehead Avenue Baptist Church, S. Buchanan Blvd from 8:05 AM until 9:30 AM; Morehead Ave will be closed on Carol to Vickers from 8:05 AM to 10:45 AM; congregation should use Chapel Hill Road
  • Reformed Presbyterian Church, Englewood West of N. Buchanan will be closed until 9:05 AM
  • St John’s Baptist Church, Englewood West of N. Buchanan will be closed until 9:05 AM
  • Summit Church, 309 W. Morgan: impacted until 8:50am
  • Watts St Baptist Church, Englewood West of N. Buchanan will be closed until 9:05 AM