Race Day 2010 is right around the corner…

The time is here! The Komen Columbus Race for the Cure is a mere 2 days away (we know, we can’t believe it either!) and the office has been a bit out of control but the entire Komen Columbus staff has loved every minute of it. The surge of race registration participants over this past week and weekend was overwhelming and we are on track to beat out last year’s participation numbers. The more people that get involved means the closer we are to finding a cure and ending breast cancer forever.

We want to remind everyone of a few very important updates for this week and weekend. There are several street closures the day of the Race and the event will have a significant impact on motorist and pedestrians in the downtown area.

Beginning Friday May 14, at 6 p.m. until Saturday May 15, at approximately 3 p.m., Broad Street will close between High and Third streets.

Saturday May 15, at 6 a.m., the following will close for the formation area:

  • Front Street will be closed between Gay and Town streets
  • Broad Street between High and Civic Center

Participants should try to arrive early and expect some small delays. Roads along the race route will begin closing at approximately 8 a.m.

Komen Columbus also has different start times for the different events of the day:

  • 8:15 a.m. The 5K Competitive (chip-timed runners only) start
  • 8:30 a.m. The 5K Coed Run will start
  • 8:45 a.m. The 5K Coed Walk will start
  • 9:15 a.m. The 1 Mile Fun Walk will start

There will be long, rolling closures along the race course. Motorists who are not attending the events are advised to avoid the area if possible.  The race is expected to be finished around Noon.

1 Mile Fun Walk Course:
*       Begins at City Hall (Corner of Broad and Front streets)
*       North on Front Street to Nationwide Boulevard
*       East on Nationwide Boulevard to High Street
*       South on High Street to the Ohio Statehouse

5K Races/Walks Course:
*       Begins at City Hall (Corner of Broad and Front streets)
*       North on Front Street to Long Street
*       West on Long Street to Neil Avenue
*       North on Neil Avenue to Nationwide Blvd.
*       East on Nationwide Blvd to Front/Park Street
*       North on Front/Park Street to Goodale Street
*       West on Goodale Street to Dennison Avenue
*       North on Dennison Avenue to Buttles Avenue
*       East on Buttles Avenue to High Street
*       South on High Street to the Ohio Statehouse

We have also listed some parking recommendations. Check them out here. There will also be special duty Columbus Police Officers directing traffic for both the Race for the Cure and parking.

We hope everyone out there is just as excited as we are for Race Day to finally be here. There is always a lot of craziness surrounding this event but every minute of it is worth it knowing that we are just that much closer to finding a cure. We’ll see you at the starting line!