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Pre-marathon midnight towing comes to an end in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO -- An annual 12:01 am police-imposed parking restriction during the annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, vexatious to nightlife patrons of Hillcrest and considered by many to be unnecessary, unfair and deceptive in nature, is finally coming to an end in Hillcrest.

The Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon and 1/2 Marathon to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, scheduled for Sunday, June 3, recently released information on race route street closures and parking restrictions on its website.

As in past years, no-parking restrictions along the marathon route generally begin at 12:01 am the day of the event, and continue throughout the period of the race. However, this year a notable asterisked exception has been carved out for the segment of the course running through Hillcrest:

"* No Parking will begin at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, June 3rd on University Avenue."

This change comes on the heels of a year-long public awareness campaign by SDGLN nightlife columnist Jim Winsor, who documented the annual chaos along University Avenue caused by mass towing and ticketing between midnight and bar closing time at 2 am.

"Naturally, I'm thrilled that the police, who are decision-makers for this issue, have been receptive to reason and have moved back the marathon tow times along University to 2:30 am," Winsor said. "As long as people don't linger too long at La Fuente [taco shop], I don't think we'll have a problem this year."

"I'll have a bit more to say about this great victory for our community, along with a hearty endorsement of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, in my column this Thursday," Winsor said.

More information about the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is available HERE.