Downtown Miami

Annual race to fight against breast cancer takes over downtown. That means traffic.

Thousands came out for the 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in downtown Miami. This year’s race will be held Oct. 14, 2017.
Thousands came out for the 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in downtown Miami. This year’s race will be held Oct. 14, 2017.

Nearly 30,000 people are expected to descend on downtown Miami early Saturday morning for the Susan G. Komen 22nd annual Miami/Fort Lauderdale Race for the Cure.

And that means between the traffic of racegoers and the 3.1 mile course through the streets of downtown, getting in and getting out will be difficult, police said.

“This race, which raises awareness and research funding for the fight against breast cancer, will severely impact the normal traffic flow of the Downtown NET area along with the ingress and egress to many residences and businesses in the area,” police said in news release.

Last year, tens of thousands, including a thousand survivors, packed Bayfront Park for the yearly event.

While the event starts at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, road closures will begin at 5 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

All roads along the race route will be closed. The closed-off area is bordered by Biscayne Boulevard to the east, Northwest North River Drive to the west, Northwest Third and Fifth streets to the north and Biscayne Boulevard Way and Southeast Second Street to the south.

Racegoers are being encouraged to use mass transit and ride-share options.

For information on the race visit komenmiaftl.org.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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