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9th Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon is Saturday

Valarie Groves, right, of Monroe, and Bryan Norton, center, of University Place, run the 2008 Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon.
Valarie Groves, right, of Monroe, and Bryan Norton, center, of University Place, run the 2008 Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon. Staff file, 2008

More than 750 runners are expected on Tacoma-area streets early Saturday for the ninth Tacoma Narrows Marathon.

Between 7:50-11:30 a.m., motorists should expect rolling road and lane closures on North Skyline Drive, North 13th Street, Hawthorne Street, North 10th Street, South 25th Street, Center Street and Jefferson Avenue, according to a statement from the city of Tacoma.

The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Airport supervisor Jay Simons said normal airport operations will resume at 9 a.m.

The United States Track and Field-certified 13.1-mile course runs from the airport over the southern Narrows bridge using the Scott Pierson Trail. Runners then visit Cheney Stadium, where they take a lap on the warning track before making their way to the finish at downtown Tacoma’s Tollefson Plaza.

Kate Landau of Tacoma and Benjamin Zywicki of Colorado won last year’s race. Landau, who set a Tacoma City Marathon record (2:43.51) in May, is registered. Zywicki is not registered for this year’s race.

The last chance to register for the race is Friday, 2-6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports Tacoma, 3812 N. 26th St. The entry fee is $105. For information, see tacomanarrowshalf.com.

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