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Marathon in Abilene to benefit needy families

The annual Eisenhower Marathon will begin at 7 a.m April 14. on south Buckeye Street in Abilene, between the Catholic church and the Eisenhower Center.

The race is hosted by the R.H. Viola Family with assistance from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

The Kansas Department of Transportation will set up barricades, clearing the path for the runners while providing a detour for area traffic.

The race will proceed south to 2000 Ave., east through Brown’s Park, then south on Hawk Road to 1900 Ave., and back west to K-15.

Once on K-15, runners will travel south to 1400 Ave. and then west 2.2 miles to the turnaround point, returning to Abilene running the same course in reverse.

K-15 traffic will be diverted beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and will reopen to normal traffic at 1 p.m. Area traffic control will be provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Dept., and the Abilene Police Dept.

More than 950 runners from 40 states and several foreign countries are expected to participate. Additional races include the half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and two-mile community walk.

Proceeds from the marathon will go to nearly two dozen area nonprofits that are helping families in need in Dickinson County.

Last modified March 28, 2012

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