Yes that is a possibility. There’s a “Street Event Closure Task Force” the City Council has created to evaluate what to do about the traffic disruption created by Special events, like 5k’s, 10k’s and street festivals. The recent changes to City regulations already make races unaffordable, you can’t spend $10,000 to $25,000 to put on a 10k without charging people $80 and having lot of people show up. And that’s just the cost for barricading and the police, forget t-shirts, food, etc.
So for all of us that value the benefits of the races we’ve come to love it’s time to speak now or forever hold your peace, because the Task Force can recommend changes that would effectively make 5k’s and 10k’s as we know them as part of the fabric of the running community a thing of the past. Now think about that, a handful of people making a decision that the 10’s of thousands of race runners over a year may not even know will change what they’ll be able to do.
Want to make your voice heard. Attend the next task force meeting on Monday, August 11th at 5:00 p.m. in room 1029 at City Hall (they will validate parking)