Our good friends from Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. sent along the latest information regarding road closures, etc. for the all of the events surrounding the 3 days of running and walking known at The Borgess Run and The Kalamazoo Marathon.
Here's what we know at this point...
The Kalamazoo Marathon will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2015. A number downtown roads will be temporarily closed and rerouted along the marathon route. Below is information regarding road closures and how to get around town during the race times.
The Kalamazoo Mall – The Kalamazoo Mall will be closed for about an hour and a half after the first race begins at 8 a.m. Parkview – Parkview will be closed between Drake Road and the entrance to Parkview Hills.
Where to Avoid if Possible
The Starting/Finish Line – The start and finish line for all May 4 events is at the Nazareth campus on Gull Road. Traffic both ways will be available, but restricted.
Downtown (Michigan/Riverview) – Runners head down Michigan Avenue from Riverview, creating long stoppages for people heading out of downtown via Michigan. Expect delays here and along Riverview.
Mills Street – Runners will be on the west side of Mills Street, so Northbound Mills Street will be open, including at Kings Highway.
Bronson (north of Whites) – Runners take up one of the two lanes, so police will be intermittently passing cars along this road.
Howard Street – Because runners go over the bridge on Howard, traffic is accessible on Howard.
The Inkster Bridge – Runners head under the Inkster bridge on Bronson, so this bridge takes you from outside the course into the middle of it.
Highways – Want to avoid the course completely, or get to the start or finish line from across town? Take the highway to Sprinkle, and approach Nazareth Campus from the North. Or, get to the westernmost side of the course by taking 131 to the Stadium exit.