Silo District Marathon expected to draw up to 18,000 people

Posted: 2:33 PM, May 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-25 01:31:41Z
Silo District Marathon expected to draw up to 18,000 people

The Silo District Marathon, which is being hosted by Fixer Upper star couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, is expected to draw a crowd of up to 18,000 to Waco on Sunday.

There will be a 5K, half marathon and marathon that will go through downtown Waco, Baylor University and other sties in the city. 

City of Waco's Event and Promotions Coordinator Jonathan Cook said currently all Waco hotels are full for the weekend with participants coming from all 50 states and other countries.

"It is a new race, and sort of a bigger size that we've ever done before but we've had events in the past that have helped us prepare for this," Cook said. 

Several streets will be closed down starting Saturday, including a portion of Webster Avenue and Austin Avenue, in anticipation of the event.

Over 150 officers will be doing traffic control along the route.

"We understand the impact on businesses, residents and churches throughout the route and our main goal is to make sure that people to get where they need to go in a safe manner," Cook said.

The city is planning to open its emergency management operations center for officials to make sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, they can also make decisions on how to handle unexpected situations.

All the proceeds from the race will benefit the Brave Like Gabe Foundation in order to do research on rare cancers. 

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