KALAMAZOO, MI -- You might be tying up your shoelaces and preparing to run or you're putting the finishing touches on your sign before you spend the day cheering.
Either way, hopefully you're ready, because the Kalamazoo Marathon is today.
At 8 a.m., runners will head out from the start/finish line off of Gull Road to cover over 26.2 miles throughout the streets of Kalamazoo.
The half-marathon also starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K at 8:15 a.m., the 5K at 8:25 a.m. and the 5K walk at 8:30 a.m.
Spectators are encouraged to line the course and cheer, create excitement for the runners and even get creative with costumes and signs.
Don't forget your commute to church or the grocery store might be interrupted this morning because of road closures.
The entire Kalamazoo Mall will be closed from 8 a.m. to about 9:30 a.m. Parkview Avenue will be closed between Drake Road and the entrance to Parkview Hills for the duration of the race. Also, from about 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Nazareth Road, north of Gull Road, will be closed.
Motorists on Gull Road should expect delays from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m, and runners will head down Michigan Avenue from Riverview Drive, creating backups for people leaving downtown via Michigan Avenue.