Saturday’s Broadway Bridge run benefits special olympics

broadway bridge runThe Kansas City Missouri Police Department will sponsor the 9th annual Broadway Bridge Run on Sunday, Sept. 7.

KCPD donates the proceeds from the run to Special Olympics Missouri, a charity it has supported since the mid 1980s. The department says helping the special olympics gives its officers satisfaction and helps athletes get a chance to participate in activities they might otherwise not be able to enjoy.

Here’s more from the race website:

broadway-bridge-runA small committee of dedicated Kansas City, Missouri Police members voluntarily formed and created the first annual Broadway Bridge Run in 2005 with the help and support of the KCPD administration, area businesses, and community members and organizations. Finding a unique location was important to the committee; so a course was selected providing participants a scenic view coupled with the combination of hills and flat sections. The Broadway Bridge Run route started in the historic City Market and offered views including the Broadway Bridge, Charles B. Wheeler Airport, and the Downtown Skyline. The original route is still the focus of the Broadway Bridge Run.

Over the years, the Broadway Bridge Run has grown in the number of participants; the committee now includes community and business representatives, recently added the half marathon route, but most important of all the efforts of those involved has increased the benefits for the special athletes.

The race will feature a half-marathon, 10K and 5K. The half-marathon and 10K will begin at 7 a.m. with the 5K starting at 7:20.

Due to construction in the City Market, the race’s traditional start/finish point has been moved to the area in front of the Sprint Center on Grand Boulevard between 13th and 14th Streets.

The Broadway Bridge will be shut down during the event. Rolling road closures also will impact downtown during the race, from the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport south to 27th Street, and from Broadway east to The Paseo.

There’s still time to sign up to run or volunteer for the event.

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