Hundreds of runners from 14 states and two countries will dash through Belleville’s streets this Saturday.
The second annual Belleville Main Street Marathon begins at 7 a.m. Saturday on West Main between First Street and the Public Square. About 182 runners are registered, which is slightly less than last year’s number of approximately 200 runners. Event organizers had hoped to grow the event, but said they were pleased to have runners from as far away as New Jersey, Florida, California and Montana.
“We are also happy to report that 44 runners are returning to run the marathon for the second consecutive year,” said co-director Sarah West.
The marathon will be staffed by nearly 500 volunteers, lining the course along Main Street through Bellevue Park, through Signal Hill Boulevard and east on Main to 28th Street, through Swansea to Sixth Street, where runners will then hop onto the Metrolink Trail. The trail will lead them through Brookhill Estates up to McKinley, then crossing Carlyle to B Street back to downtown for the finish.
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Most roads will remain open, so drivers are asked to use caution. West Main will be closed from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first and second blocks, and the third block from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. The right lane of westbound West Main will be closed from 5 a.m. to noon from First Street to 95th Street.
“We can’t wait to see the runners at the finish line and celebrate their awesome achievement with them,” West said.
Proceeds from the marathon will be donated to the Belleville Parks and Recreation District and Backstoppers, in part to generate funds for a new city pool. Last year, the marathon raised $4,500 for parks and recreation and $1,500 for Backstoppers.
Beast Craft BBQ is donating food for runners and volunteers. Grey Eagle Distributors is donating beverages. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is donating medical services.