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Beach to Bay Marathon brings thousands of serious runners to Coastal Bend

Posted at 11:21 AM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 13:49:20-04

The 44th annual Beach to Bay Marathon will be held tomorrow. The thousands of participating runners are going to need plenty of leg room.

That’s going to mean some big changes in traffic patterns along the route.

Beginning at 4 a.m., there will be lane closures along parts of Park Road 22, Waldron Road, northbound NAS Drive, northbound Ocean Drive and north and southbound Shoreline Boulevard.

Some side streets along the route will also be closed.

If you’re traveling in that area, expect delays.

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon has been around for more than 40 years.

It attracts thousands of runners each year. But why do they run?

For those who will cross the finish line tomorrow, they will have thousands of reasons for running.

Some will run it as part of a team, others brave the full 26.2 miles on their own.

Assistant Chief of Police Mark Schauer is among those who will run the entire route by himself.

But in a way, he won’t be running alone.

He tells us he runs to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Later today on KRIS 6 News, you’ll hear how Schauer prepares for this run and the tragic loss that motivated him to do this.