Kansas City Marathon

A focus on security for the KC Marathon & Kansas Speedway events

October 20, 2017 - 4:48 am

Kansas City, MO - Sports fans can expect more police officers and tighter security at weekend events including the Kansas City Marathon and the NASCAR race in Kansas City, Kansas.

The marathon is one of the city's largest traffic-coordinated events each year, with thousands of runners and spectators stretched along 26.2 miles through the heart of Kansas City. 

The police department plans all year for the event, said Sgt. Grant Ruark.

"As the race draws near we have more and more meetings," Ruark said. "There are a lot of agencies and a lot of people that are involved in this whole thing."

Spectators will notice officers are blocking vehicle access near the start-finish line.

"Public works trucks will be blocking the streets so there will be a much smaller threat of a vehicle-borne situation," Ruark said.

Officers will begin shutting down traffic on the race route at 3 a.m. Saturday. The marathon is expected to wrap up around 1 p.m.

Security will also be tighter at the Kansas Speedway, where NASCAR's Hollywood Casino 300 will be run on Sunday. 

Track officials are not talking about specifics of the security plan, but spectators can expect some changes, said Major Miles, voice of the Kansas Speedway.

"They are going to go back to a more stringent security situation, similar to what you see at Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums," Miles said.

Race fans should expect increased wait times, screenings along the fan walk, vehicle searches and x-ray inspections.  

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