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Everything you need to know about the two-day Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon

Original story from News Channel 3.

The Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon is almost here.

The two-day event is scheduled to kick off April 22 with a free 1K kids run at 9 a.m. and health expo in Downtown Kalamazoo.

The main event is scheduled for April 23 with races kicking off at 7:30 a.m., starting with the marathon.

Mile markers are color coded corresponding to each race. A "Bacon Station" and the "Gummy Bear Forest" will also return to the course, according to marathon organizers.

Sign up for the Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon here.

  • For those who are registered for in-person events, you will receive an event t-shirt, bib, beer ticket, entry to the Stryker Experience, and post-race treats, according to marathon organizers.

Race Path

All races start and finish at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site and participants run through downtown Kalamazoo.

The full marathon, half marathon, and 10K goes through Waldo Stadium, according to a news release.

The marathon course includes local parks and well-known places in the area including the Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail, Stryker Campus, Kalamazoo Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum, Milham Park, Upjohn Park and more.

Kickoff Times

Saturday, April 22

  • Event Kickoff: 9 a.m.

  • PNC Kids' 1K: 10 a.m.

Sunday, April 23

  • Full Marathon: 7:30 a.m.

  • Half Marathon: 7:35 a.m.

  • 5K & Run: 7:55 a.m.

  • 10K Run: 8 a.m.


Street parking is free on Sundays and without time limits enforced.

Parking is available:

  • Shakespeare's lot - 205 West Kalamazoo Avenue

  • Lot #30 - 411 West Kalamazoo Avenue

  • Lot #1 - 341 East South Street

  • Bronson Hospital lot - 530 John Street and 430 East Lovell

  • Mall ramp - 130 Portage Street, entrance on Portage Street

  • Epic Center ramp - 151 East Lovell and 126 East South Street

News Channel 3's Jessica Harthorn will also be running in the event, competing in the half-marathon.

You can follow her Run Camp journey as she trains by clicking here.

For more information on parking, visit the Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon parking site.

The Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon is a Boston qualifier, according to the website.

WWMT is a proud sponsor of the Ziegler Kalamazoo Marathon.

Race Director, Carrie Drake, joined Ken Lanphear to give details on early registration for the 2024 Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon.

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