A record number of nearly 12,000 runners are expected downtown Saturday for the Kansas City Marathon.
Also, about 12,000 spectators are expected, mostly at the start/finish area near Crown Center
Race organizers have focused on trying to limit traffic congestion on the 26.2-mile route that stretches from downtown past Brookside. A few roads will be closed for several hours Saturday morning, specifically Grand Boulevard between 18th and 22nd streets and Pershing from Main to McGee.
More than 1,800 volunteers and 135 off-duty police officers will be available to help with the race, which starts at 7 a.m. and should finish about 1 p.m.
In addition to some street closings, 25 Metro bus routes will change. A Metro call center at 816-221-0660 will be open on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer queestions. Reroute information is posted at www.kcata.org.
The Metro will operate two shuttles in the marathon area, one between Crown Center and the Plaza, and the other between Waldo and 50th and Oak.
More information is available at www.kcmarathon.org.