Thousands of runners prepare for Saturday's Kansas City Marathon

Jim Cunningham
October 19, 2018 - 6:56 am

Kansas City Marathon

Runners from all 50 states and 10 countries will lace up their shoes for Kansas City's premier running event Saturday.

Close to 10,000 athletes are expected for the Kansas City Marathon event, which includes a half-marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a 1.2-mile kids marathon.

Runner Zach Taylor is back for his second race. He competes in the half-marathon.

"It actually went really well," said Taylor about last year's race. "My goal is to just run it without stopping, and I finished."

It's the 33rd year for the event. The marathon covers nearly all of Kansas City, said Dave Borchardt, race director.

"If you live in downtown, 18th and Vine area, the Paseo, Plaza, Westport, Ward Parkway area, there's a good chance the route will affect your travel on Saturday," Borchardt said. "We just encourage people to be patient."

Police will conduct rolling road closures as the runners make their way through the course.

"The race will start at 7 a.m. and will be impacting roads until about 1:30 or so on Saturday afternoon," Borchardt said. "It's not like the roads are going to be closed all day, so it's a matter of, when the runners are about to get there, the roads will close, and when the last runner passes, those roads will open back up."

Race organizers have set up 15 aid stations and hundreds of portable restrooms. The post-race party will include 30 kegs of beer, 8,000 pulled pork sandwiches and live music. 

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