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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Several streets in downtown Kaiserslautern will be closed on Wednesday due to the annual Firmenlauf, or Company Run.

Parts of the route will be closed to traffic starting at 4 p.m. The entire route will be closed from 5:40 p.m. As the runners pass, segments of the 5-kilometer (about 3-mile) track will be reopened.

Kaiserslautern police warn drivers to expect traffic delays and closures until about 8 p.m. Driving in and out of some parking garages downtown also will be blocked and some bus lines will be affected.

The run starts on Spittelstrasse and ends on Karl-Marx-Strasse near Stiftsplatz.

According to a police news release, road closures will affect Spittelstrasse, Fruchthallstrasse, Fackelstrasse, Riesenstrasse, Eisenbahnstrasse, Barbarossastrasse, Bismarckstrasse, Schubertstrasse, Schulstrasse, Adolph-Kolping Platz, Wilhelmstrasse, Papiermuehlstrasse, Barbarossaring, Augustastrasse, Lutrinastrasse and Karl-Marx-Strasse.

Organizers said they expect 8,000 people to take part in the run and after-run party with live music, food and drink.

This is the ninth year the Company Run, in which participants will compete in such categories as the “fittest company” and the “fastest boss.” The road closures regularly result in traffic gridlocks near and around the route.

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