Friday, April 16, 2010

Police host 5th Annual Broadway Bridge Run on Sunday


The Broadway Bridge and nearby roads will close the morning of Sunday, April 18, to make way for officers and community members running to raise money for Special Olympics Missouri.

The Fifth Annual Broadway Bridge Run/Walk aims to have 1,000 runners and walkers. In 2009, about 700 runners raised nearly $30,000 for area athletes with intellectual disabilities. The Kansas City Missouri Police Department hosts the run.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. April 18 at Market Park at 3rd and Main Streets in the City Market. The races will begin at 9 a.m. The event features a 10K run, 5K run/walk and Family Fun Run. The run starts at the City Market, goes across the Broadway Bridge, winds around the Downtown Airport and back again.

Plenty of entertainment will be available for non-runners, as well. Radio Disney will be live on site, and numerous music acts will perform on the main stage. KCPD will have McGruff the Crime Dog as well as the department’s Helicopter, Mounted Patrol, Canine and Tactical Units in the City Market. Great prizes also will be up for grabs in a silent auction.

To register for the race, go online to

The following road closures are scheduled Sunday from about 8:30 to 11 a.m. to accommodate the Broadway Bridge Run:

• 169 Highway, both directions including the Broadway Bridge, from 9 Highway to 5th Street
• 9 Highway southbound entrance ramp to 169 southbound

Patrons to the Downtown Airport will be allowed in and provided a police escort to ensure the safety of the runners. Officers will be positioned at the following locations to provide the escorts to the Airport:
- 169 southbound at 9 Highway
- 9 Highway southbound at the 169 southbound entrance ramp
- 6th and Broadway