SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Wondering what all the traffic is about?
It’s because 35,000 people are expected to flow into Springfield this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops Marathon.
The Springfield Police Department added 52 extra officers for traffic control and safety, according to to the event permit issued by the City of Springfield.
The Bass Pro Shops Conservation Marathon kicks off Sunday at 7 a.m. at Bass Pro on Sunshine Street. The Cohick Half Marathon and Mercy Sunshine Marathon Relay also start at 7 a.m.
The News-Leader 5K begins at 7:15 a.m. and participants can pick up packets on Saturday until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m.-6:45 a.m.
According to online race results, the half marathon alone had 1,218 finishers in 2016, who averaged 2:20:49 on the race.
Bass Pro is also hosting a health and wellness expo at the White River Conference Saturday afternoon.
According to information provided by Bass Pro, the marathon course will re-open to traffic continually, according to “a 6.5 marathon pace,” which means sections will start opening every 15 minutes. The race closes at 1:30 p.m., but officials will wait until each participant finishes before closing.
There will be aid stations every two miles.
According to the event permit, beer will be given away as well.