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.
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.
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.
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.