Out of all the races that run through Kansas City MO, and most of them do, this is the one that shuts traffic down for several hours. The Kansas City Marathon happens Saturday Oct 18, starting downtown, continuing through the heart of the city south through 75th St in Waldo.
It is extremely difficult and time consuming to try and navigate through the race route. Police generally will not let vehicles through, and this causes auto back up for several blocks. Street closures begin at 7:30am and last until after 1pm.
Travelling along Main St, Wornall Road, Brookside Blvd and Ward Parkway will be virtually impossible during race hours. Don’t try to go west to Kansas as you won’t be able to cross any of these major north-south routes. This race should be moved to Sunday. So many businesses, restaurants and retail outlets loose thousands of dollars due to customers not being able to reach the destination. Having the race on Sunday would eliminate some of the losses. Or–move the race outside of the Kansas City MO limits.
More details at the race website: www.waddellandreedkansascitymarathon.org