Runners kick off week of MLS All-Star fun

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Major League Soccer All-Star game is officially three days away at Sporting Park, but the festivities have already begun.

In Kansas City's Power & Light District Sunday morning, hundreds of runners competed for a few free tickets to Wednesday's match against Roma, Italy.

all-star 5kAt the start line, Josh Gardner and Aurelien Colin pumped runners up with a little Sporting KC chant designed to motivate. That's just in case the 60 degree weather wasn't enough.

"It's gorgeous down here," said Mark Livesay of Ultramax.

Soccer fans are sporting their favorite jerseys to kick off MLS All-Star week in Kansas City and there is a lot of light blue in the crowd.

"I'm pumped. I love KC. It's just a fun atmosphere," said fan Sabin Scroggin.

Scroggin wasn't alone in her thinking.

"It's so great for us and KC to have an All-Star game here after the Royals just had one to showcase the city to the rest of the country," said Joe Macken.

The excitement generated a huge victory for teacher Arron Davidson. By crossing the finish line first, he scored sought after tickets to Wednesday's match and the cheers of two-time All Star Aurelien Collin.

"He was standing here as you crossed cheering for you," Davidson said. "It must be the shaved head or something. When we go to games, he is easy to spot because of the shaved head. I like watching him play."

In addition to his All Star selection, Collin is launching his own clothing line in Kansas City this week.

"It's gonna be a big party," Collin said. "It's my first fashion show, so I'm excited. I've been working hard on this."

Collin is no stranger to the fashion world, but now he is teaching his teammates some tricks of the trade, even bringing in model friends from Paris to teach them the model walk.

"A lot of my teammates, all of my teammates are happy to help me. With their amazing bodies, they are going to represent my brand perfectly."

Fans and Sporting KC players are predicting a win for the MLS All-Stars against Roma on Wednesday.

"I'm gonna say the All-Stars are gonna come out with a 2-1 victory, but we will see," said Josh Gardner of Sporting KC.

And folks all over town are just proud to see Kansas City spending its second consecutive summer hosting a professional All-Star game.

By the way, you can catch Collin's new clothing line in a runway show starring a bunch of his Sporting KC teammates Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Power & Light district.

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