Saturday footrace, Sunday motorcycle rally will tie up traffic in Boise, Meridian and on I-84

A footrace and motorcycle rally will tie up surface streets in Boise and Meridian as well as eastbound Interstate 84 between Boise and Mountain Home this weekend.

On Saturday, the annual St. Alphonsus Capitol Classic starts at 11 a.m.. The race for children ages 6-14 stretches one mile from the old Boise train depot to the Capitol.

Portions of Capitol Boulevard and roads leading to it will begin to close about 10:45 a.m. Boise Police will be controlling traffic and officers and volunteers will be on hand to assist motorists. The road will reopen around noon, or when the final runners complete the race.

Sunday is the annual Idaho Patriot Thunder charity motorcycle ride. The Ada County Highway District said an estimated 650 riders are expected to participate. Riders will depart from the High Desert Harley-Davidson on Overland Road in Meridian at approximately 11 a.m., heading east on Overland Road to Eagle Road and onto the interstate.

ACHD said motorists should expect major delays accessing the freeway from the Meridian Road on-ramp all the way to Mountain Home. It may be difficult for motorists to pass the motorcade on the interstate and there may be times when all eastbound lanes on the freeway will contain motorcyclists.

The ride is estimated to take 1.5 to 2 hours. Police officers from several agencies will escort the motorcade. Police also will be controlling the traffic signal at the interstate on-ramp on Eagle Road during the ride to help with traffic flow.

Riders are attending a barbecue in Mountain Home. They will return to Boise unescorted at various times.