KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — For the first time in three years, runners will be racing the streets of Kalamazoo for the Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon.

The race runs from Friday to Sunday and will include a 5K, 10K and half marathon. The full marathon will return in 2023.

Organizer Chris Crowell said having the 40-year tradition return this spring is important to the city. The three-day event will include a kids 1K fun run on Friday. The race expo and packet pickup will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After each race on Sunday, participants can celebrate at the Stryker Experience finish line. There will be a block party with food trucks and beer, music, games, face painting, balloons, and giveaways.

NASCAR race car driver Josh Bilicki will pace the main race on Sunday in a Ziegler wrapped Camaro and will be available for autographs on Saturday. There will also be a hot air balloon and special stations like a Bacon Station and Gummy Bear Forest, according to a press release.

Registration is still open and there are volunteer opportunities as well.

Find out more at zeiglerkalamazoomarathon.com.

For the full conversation with Chris Crowell, watch the video in the player above.