EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — It’s a big day for Michigan State University and the Spartan Nation.

The annual Izzo Legacy 5K Run/Walk/Roll event kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The race aims to connect the community by raising funds for local causes, with a fundraising goal of $50,000.

As of Saturday morning, the charity event raised $26,039, with 3,075 race participants registered.

Later Saturday, the annual spring MSU football game will also kick-off at 2 p.m.

MSU Police have stayed busy preparing for the crowd.

“We are working with officers in East Lansing to control traffic on Grand River, but we do have additional officers working to make sure everyone is safe, throughout the race,” said MSU Police Communications Manager Dana Whyte.

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