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Traffic starts runners off on the wrong foot at Anthem 5K Fitness Classic

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Traffic backups angered people who planned to participate in the Anthem Fitness 5K. (Source: Rachael Parker Davis) Traffic backups angered people who planned to participate in the Anthem Fitness 5K. (Source: Rachael Parker Davis)
The race backed up traffic on the Gene Snyder Freeway. (Sourc: TRIMARC) The race backed up traffic on the Gene Snyder Freeway. (Sourc: TRIMARC)
Source: Justin Masters Source: Justin Masters
More than 9,000 runners hit the road Saturday morning for the first event in Louisville's Triple Crown of Running. More than 9,000 runners hit the road Saturday morning for the first event in Louisville's Triple Crown of Running.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) –  A number of runners didn't make it to the starting line, let alone the finish line, because traffic tied up the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic on Saturday.

Despite warnings to arrive early, some of the 9,000-plus runners didn't start the morning off on the right foot. They raced just to get to the race.

"It was a mess," said runner Marie Russo. "I know the roads, and I know it should take 25 minutes from where I live. It took closer to 45."

The first event in the Triple Crown of Running was moved out of downtown this year to east Louisville because of bridge construction. The race started and ended at the Anthem Building in the Eastpoint Business Center off the Gene Snyder Freeway between Old Henry and LaGrange Roads.

Event organizers delayed the race by 30 minutes to accommodate some of the runners who showed up late.

Anthem 5K's Facebook page was lit up with complaints.

"Parking wasn't great, and really, the running was the biggest problem," said runner Leigh Anne Burke-Shad. "There was still people running as there was cars leaving."

Race organizers said they warned runners using social media, their website, and even mailed postcards to notify runners of the changes.

"We tried to communicate that there are limited access points to get into the business park," said event organizer Bruce Richmond.

When the run took place downtown in years past, there were more points for drivers to get in and out of. Louisville Metro police said they would take a look at what happened Saturday to better plan for future events.

Richmond said it's not clear yet whether the event will remain in east Louisville next year. "We'll have to evaluate that," he said. "We're just trying to wrap today and move on, take time, and next week we'll start a debriefing, but we'll have to make that decision in the coming months.

Richmond said there will be no refunds for those who didn't make it to the race because the money goes to charity. Instead, they will give out race t-shirts. Anyone who was unable to pick one up can do so at the Rodes City Run packet pickup March 7 at Slugger Field.

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