KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City officials on Thursday will debate and possibly vote to change the way parades and races are organized within the city limits.
The bill is sponsored by City Councilwoman Jan Marcason, who represents the 4th District. It would raise the cost of permit fees for races and parades from $50 to $100 per event. The extra money would be used to hire a part-time race coordinator in the Parks and Recreation Department, to oversee all race applications. The coordinator would ensure the race route doesn’t interfere with other city-wide events or cause too much disruption to local businesses. City officials want charity races, marathons and parades to bring business to the city, not block businesses from making money.
The new ordinance would also permit race organizers to post signs along the route three days before the event, to warn motorists and businesses that a race is scheduled on a certain day and time. Those signs would then have to be brought down within 24 hours after the event ends. Race organizers would also have to notify all businesses in the area that might be affected by the race, not just the businesses that sit along the route.
According to http://www.runningintheusa.com, Kansas City, Mo., hosts a total of 63 races every single year. There is at least one race scheduled in Kansas City, Mo., every single month of the year. Marcason hopes changes in the way races are coordinated will help ease frustrations among motorists and businesses, who many time don’t realize a certain street will be closed due to a race until they try to get on that street the morning of the event.