LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - All of Loop 289 is reopened after the last runner completed the mayor’s Marathon.
A live map is updating with sections as they reopen. You can find that map here.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It takes a lot to put on a marathon – this Sunday’s Mayor’s Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifier in Lubbock, is no different.
Lubbock Police and Lubbock Fire Rescue joined groups like the City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation and the Mayor’s Fitness Council to put on the event.
"If you haven’t been on the loop today, they’re flashing the signs, letting people know,” Mayor Dan Pope said during a news conference Monday morning.
This year, according to Race Director Marti Greer, they’re expecting a 35 percent increase in participation, which will total an estimated 1,300 people from all over the state.
Jon Mark Bernal, who helped spearhead the Mayor’s Marathon as a member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council, said it’s going to be a great day.
“So, whether you’re a volunteer, a spectator, or one of our athletes that are participating on Sunday... We’re really excited about that...Looking forward to some great weather,” Bernal said.
One priority is safety. All 26 miles of the race will be secured.
“We encourage anyone with concerns to call that in for us... we’ll have plenty of people on staff,” LPD Chief, Greg Stevens, said.
“In addition, we will provide LBK Alerts to provide public safety information regarding the race. To receive this information from LBK alerts, simply text “Marathon 2019” to 888-7777,” Deputy LFR Chief, Shaun Fogerson, said.
More diversity in racers will be added this year.
“We opened it up to a PC (physically challenged) division, which is hand-cyclists and push-rim. So, the hand-cyclists will go off at 7 a.m. and our own Michael Vasquez is the one leading this and he just finished the Boston Marathon," said Greer.
Greer also said there will be no prize-purse this year. Last year, around $30,000 was collected and it went towards Lubbock non-profits and organizations.
She also added will be food trucks and a celebration at Berl Huffman Athletic Complex, otherwise known as the location of the start and finish line, while runners are off on the course.
For more information about Sunday’s events or to become a volunteer, go to LBKmarathon.com
Other things to note:
- Outer loop traffic will be diverted at 5 a.m.
- Race participants arrive at the park from 5:30a.m. - 7 a.m.
- Full marathon starts at 7 a.m.
- Half marathon starts at 7:30 a.m.
- Kid’s fun run will begin at 8 a.m.
- 5k Race begins at 8:30 a.m.
- Loop will be fully open at around 1-2 p.m., segments of Loop will re-open when cleared by racers
- Racers will be off-course no later than 1:30 p.m.