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Pair of Events Will Make Saturday Morning Traffic an Adventure

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, April 03, 2009, at 02:53PM
Traffic on 6th Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A traffic officer diverts cars at Hill street in a September 2007 file photo.

A 5k run/walk sponsored by the L.A. Kings and an immigrant rights march will intersect to make for an interesting morning for those trying to drive Downtown on Saturday.

The Kings' 5k Run / Walk kicks off at 9am, and centers around the area near Staples Center. Closures will take out Figueroa, Flower, Hope and Grand south of 9th street, with Olympic, 11th and 12th blocked to east-west traffic. LADOT shows closures as scheduled to run until noon, but given that it's only a 5k, it's likely that roadblocks will be taken up sooner.

Those interested in avoiding their car and going for a run instead show up at Staples Center at 8am for walk-up registration. The fee is $30 and supports the fight against cancer. Participants receive a ticket to the Kings' evening game against Phoenix.

Just as the race closures clear, a meandering march for immigrant rights will take to the Downtown streets. Starting at Broadway and Olympic, the route will head north to 6th street, west to Figueroa, and then south to Pico. A forum will be held in the Convention Center's West Hall after the march. The march is slated to begin at 11am.

Organizers are calling the event the "3rd Anniversary of the March 25th 2006 Full Rights For Immigrants March." The 2006 march drew roughly 500,000 individuals to Downtown in support of changes to the federal government's immigration policies.

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