LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—Thousands of runners will be lineup for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/mini-Marathon this year, but all those bodies will cause traffic changes in downtown Louisville.
“I think everybody's excited, the weather is great for the runners, we don't have rain, we've got sunshine, so it's beautiful spring weather for the weekend,” Amy Boyd with the Kentucky Derby Festival said.
Before people head out during Easter weekend and get caught behind a barricade, waiting for a mass of marathoners to pass, there are some road closures to be aware of.
Most of the closures start at 7 in the morning. The starting point is at Brook Street and Main, 3rd and 4th Streets will be closed and there will be also no parking along those streets.
There is also a slight change this year because of bridge construction by the river.
“So the last four miles of the marathon route will be on Broadway this year instead of Main Street, so that's going to affect part of Broadway and we have let folks know ahead of time, all the businesses,” Boyd said.
The loop from Broadway, up by Cave Hill Cemetery and back down Breckinridge will all be closed.
“If you come downtown, if you're a resident there, you've got business to do, if you'll just be patient,” Boyd said. “At the intersections, they'll let you pass once the runners are out of the way.”
Boyd said most roads will be back open by one o'clock in the afternoon.