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Police enhance security, warn of road closures for marathon tomorrow

Publish Date 10/20/2017

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Sergeant Grant Ruark


The Kansas City Missouri Police Department is ready to keep the more than 10,000 participants in the City’s biggest race of the year safe on Saturday. Motorists also should be aware of road closures throughout the City.

The Kansas City Marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 21 at Crown Center. The course goes as far north as 11th Street, as far south as 79th Street, as far east as Woodland Avenue and as far west as Ward Parkway. Officers will allow cross traffic through the route at intersections if there is a safe distance between runners. Runners in the race have a six-hour time limit, so with the exception of the staging area at Crown Center, the race route should reopen by 1:30 p.m.

Police will close the area around Crown Center at 3 a.m. Saturday. To minimize traffic impacts, the rest of the route will close in stages, with some of it starting at 6:30 a.m.

Attacks at large gatherings in the U.S. and across the world have prompted KCPD to enhance security at the event. Special assets will be deployed to keep everyone safe, some of which will be visible to participants, and some of which won’t be.

Police encourage everyone interested to come to this safe, fun event.