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Temporary street closings for marathon, memorial to challenge Kansas City drivers Saturday

As the sun was rising, an estimated 10,000 runners on Oct. 18 filled the streets of Kansas City for the 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon. The event included a marathon, a half marathon, a 5k and a kids run.
As the sun was rising, an estimated 10,000 runners on Oct. 18 filled the streets of Kansas City for the 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon. The event included a marathon, a half marathon, a 5k and a kids run. Special to The Star

Getting around Kansas City might be a little challenging Saturday because of road closures for The Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds and the city-wide memorial for two fallen firefighters.

The Kansas City Marathon starts at 7 a.m. at Crown Center and winds its way through downtown, the Crossroads, Country Club Plaza, Brookside, Waldo and 18th & Vine areas before finishing back at Crown Center .

For time estimates by each mile when roads will close and re-open, press here. The last runners should complete the marathon by 1:30 p.m.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announced it would reroute Metro buses throughout Kansas City during the marathon. To see the routes affected by the marathon, press here.

Kansas City’s public memorial service in honor of fallen firefighters Larry J. Leggio and John V. Mesh begins at 2 p.m. at the Sprint Center.

The streets surrounding the Sprint Center, including Grand Avenue and Truman Road, will be closed to traffic. Drivers will need to follow the detours.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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