Four Races Impact Weekend Traffic

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is notifying motorists that four separate races will impact traffic in the Vineyard/Vineyard West Neighborhoods, along The Paseo Boulevard and on the Plaza on Sept. 12th and 13th.

On Saturday, the DeFeet Hunger 5k will begin at 8 a.m. at 55th Street and The Paseo Boulevard. The race will go north along The Paseo Boulevard to 49th Terrace and then returns south to 56th Street and The Paseo Boulevard. For a detailed race route and map, visit

The Spirit of Freedom Walk will also take place at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Vineyard/Vineyard Estates Neighborhoods at 3700 Blue Parkway and end at the Spirit of Freedom Fountain at 4700 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. For a detailed race route and map, visit

The Martini Mile race begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at 31st and Oak in Mid-Town where it heads east on 31st St, north on Gillham, west on E 30th Street, north on Grand Avenue, west on E 29th Street, south on Walnut Street, east on E. 30th Street, south on DeGroff Way, east on 31st Street to finish at 31st and Oak. The Martini Mile Race is a 4-member team relay running the one mile loop in succession. For a detailed race route and map, visit

On Sunday, the Plaza 10k and 2 mile run will begin at 7:30 a.m. The 2 mile race begins at Ward Parkway and Central and ends on Ward Parkway. The 10k race also begins on Ward Parkway and Central where it will head south toward Brookside and end at Brookside Boulevard and Ward Parkway. For a detailed race route and map, visit

Please observe caution and obey all posted detours and barricades.

For more information or media inquiries about these closures, please contact Jenny Chronister, Kansas City race manager, at 816-588-2793.