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1729 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 13, 2011 10:15 PM by crl8686
umpy4 Amateur 9 posts since
Sep 9, 2011
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Oct 10, 2011 4:53 PM

police escorted race vs road closed race

Would you be disapointed if you showed up to a 10k race and found that it was police escorted but the streets were still open?

  • nowirun4fun Legend 208 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    2. Oct 11, 2011 4:42 AM (in response to umpy4)
    police escorted race vs road closed race

    I run everyday on open streets.  Where's the fun if you ain't playing chicken with idiot drivers?  No, I could care less.

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007
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    3. Oct 11, 2011 5:03 AM (in response to nowirun4fun)
    police escorted race vs road closed race

    It would not bother me, but would my wife.

  • ashleyw028 Rookie 5 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    4. Oct 11, 2011 6:14 AM (in response to umpy4)
    police escorted race vs road closed race

    I would prefer to have the roads closed, but wouldn't be terribly upset if they weren't. 

  • redrunner32 Pro 151 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010
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    5. Oct 11, 2011 6:27 AM (in response to umpy4)
    police escorted race vs road closed race

    Don't the police usually handle traffic in this type of race?  I think it'll be fine...

  • protometal Pro 124 posts since
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    6. Oct 11, 2011 4:01 PM (in response to umpy4)
    police escorted race vs road closed race

    If you can't close the roads (which is typically difficult for all but the largest races), I think you really need to communicate to the community what is going on so that they can prepare. For example, if you are in a subdivision, see if you can get some notification in their association newsletter. If you involve them, I think you'll find not only less traffic issues, but they will typicially come out and cheer and some will even race.


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  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
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    7. Oct 13, 2011 10:15 PM (in response to umpy4)
    police escorted race vs road closed race

    Depends by what you mean by "police escorted but the roads are still open".

    I've done a lot of 5Ks and 10Ks where the roads were partially open: a right hand lane was coned off for the runners, so traffic could run parallel to us but in their own separate lane. The police were stationed at cross streets and allowed cars to cross the race course only when there was a break in the runner stream. That works fine.

    However, if you're talking about having the police escort just the lead pack and then the rest of us share the road with don't want that. I've done one 10K where that was the case and it was a major distraction.

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