Thousands Headed to Springfield to Run Where Lincoln Walked

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Springfield - Thousands of athletes from all over the United States will take to the streets of Springfield for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon. 

More than 1.600 runners will run the 13.1 mile race on Saturday, April 2nd, starting and finishing at the Old State Capitol. Along the route runners will pass Lincoln's Home, Lincoln's tomb and other historical sites. 

 Runners will cross more than 100 intersections in Springfield between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and motorists are asked to slow down, be aware, and expect traffic delays.  Particular caution should be taken between 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. along North Grand Avenue between MacArthur Ave. and 2nd Street.  Other streets where motorists may experience delays waiting for runners to pass include Lawrence, Monroe, Washington, Jefferson and Madison at Lincoln, Carpenter, Madison and Jefferson at 5th Street, and around Washington and Lincoln Parks. 

Several downtown streets will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m. the morning of Saturday, April 2, including 6th Street from Cook Street north to Madison Street, 5th Street at Jefferson, and Capitol Street from Eighth Street to Second Street.   Downtown streets are expected to reopen just after 8:30 a.m.  A map of the course can be viewed at http://runabe.srrc.net/course
   
The Springfield Road Runners Club organizes the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon.  The Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the race.  Money raised from the race supports Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, which sends surplus medical supplies to developing countries.  

For more information, or to register for the race, please visit www.lincolnhalf.com.  

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