Archive for Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Part of Massachusetts Street to close for marathon April 17

March 30, 2011


A portion of Massachusetts Street will be closed down for a couple of hours April 17 to accommodate the Kansas Half Marathon.

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting approved a route for the event. The race will start at 7:30 a.m. and will follow a path that starts at Haskell Indian Nations University, travels through the Park Hill Neighborhood, crosses back over the Haskell campus to the Burroughs Creek Trail, travels north on the trail through east Lawrence and to downtown on Massachusetts Street and then will follow the same route back to Haskell.

Commissioners agreed to close Massachusetts Street from Eighth to 11th streets from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. to accommodate the runners.

Organizers of the event said they’re expecting about 1,900 runners from more than 30 states to participate in the event. Proceeds of the event go to Lawrence’s Health Care Access program.

The city will provide about $10,000 worth of in-kind services — such as traffic control and stand-by medical assistance — to the event. The city will use money out of its transient guest tax fund to cover those costs.


Take_a_letter_Maria 7 years, 2 months ago

What a crappy route for this year's half. The organizers of this event seem to have lost interest because it has gone downhill significantly the past two years.

FlintlockRifle 7 years, 2 months ago

I would agree with T.A.L.M this indeed is a real bad run, go back to old route----

IBike100 7 years, 2 months ago

It's gone downhill since they've changed race directors. It's not the same race as it was three years ago.

somedude20 7 years, 2 months ago

New PC name for homeless " transient guests" I like that. I can just hear it now....... "Is that the same bum passed out on your yard that broke into your car last month?" "Well, he is really my transient guest." "Ha, that is what I refer to my hemroids as."

right_down_the_middle 7 years, 2 months ago

The race is an excellent race. Run by professional race director who has designed a course that is an improvement over last year and offers a great chance at a PR. I have run the course and very much enjoyed the loop through Park Hill (I bet lots of folks haven't seen that beautiful area), showcases the rails to trails path (Burroughs Creek) which will be a true mental test for runners. It's not that long, but it is challenging because of perceived length and slightly uphill on way home. The run by Hobbs park into the warehouse district and UP 8th street (I've run tons of miles in Lawrence and didn't realize 8th St was uphill to Mass)(and past the Sandbar!). A great down and back on Mass St.

Designing a course in Lawrence can be tough, but this is a good one and will be fast. Haskell is a great location for the start/finish with lots of space and the proceeds go to a great cause.

Stop complaining, sign up and see what you can do. Afterall, it's Lawrence's only road half marathon.

Jim Phillips 7 years, 2 months ago

My questions are, a.) do the downtown merchants realize enough profits from the crowd to justify the closing of Massachusetts Street during that time or are they losing money from it? b.) is it even an issue either way? Just curious.

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