PEORIA, IL. -- Sunday, October 20 hundreds of runners and walkers will hit the streets of Peoria and East Peoria for the inaugural Komen Promise Run and Relay half marathon.
IDOT, Peoria and East Peoria Police are setting up barricades along the course, and even shutting down some roads completely.
The Promise Run and Relay is a 13 point 1 mile race.
The Promise Run & Relay will start at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday on Wm. Kumpf Blvd. near the Peoria Civic Center, cross the Illinois River over the Robert Michel Bridge, tour the new Downtown East Peoria Levee District, return to Peoria over the Michel Bridge, continue through downtown Peoria, up Main Street, past the Bradley University Campus to Laura Bradley Park, turnaround near halfway point at Shea Stadium across from Susan G. Komen Memorial Site at Parkview Cemetery, return back to Main Street, downhill to Monroe to Glen Oak Park (along the original Steamboat Classic Course) and back to the Civic Center, finishing on Jefferson, followed by a Post-Race Breakfast Party.
The Bob Michael Bridge will be completely shut down at the beginning of the race. It will be opened as soon as the runners have cleared East Peoria around 7:45 a.m. All other bridges into the city will be open.
The intersections along the course will be controlled by a combination of police officers and race volunteers. The traffic signals along the course will be placed on flash and they will be controlled by a uniformed officer directing traffic. Farmington Road traffic will be allowed to go up the hill toward Main Street but no traffic will be allowed down the hill from Main Street to Park. Traffic on Main Street will be limited to east bound only during the race will possible closures at times.
In East Peoria, the off ramps in both directions of the I-74 flyover will be shut down for a short duration to prevent vehicles from entering the race course. There will be sign boards placed on I-74 by IDOT to assist with notification to drivers of the closure. The closure will be from 6:45 a.m. till approximately 8:00 a.m. East Peoria Police Officers will be assigned to areas of the closures to control the area and assure that drivers do not bypass the barricades.
Most streets along the course will be open to traffic with a portion of the roadway dedicated to the runners, and the intersections will be controlled by police.
The important message here is for motorists to expect delays and be aware of the runners.
And spectators are welcomed and encouraged to cheer on runners from the sidelines and the finnish line.
You can find the course map on this page or by visiting www.komenmemorial.org