Runs prompt city to review procedures
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org April 2, 2013 12:16PM
5k runners start The 32nd annual Southlake YMCA Hub Run in Crown Point, IN on Sunday April 29, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 2, 2013 1:09PM
CROWN POINT — At the March 26 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, three separate charity 5k runs received approval to be held.
The oldest is the Crossroads YMCA’s Hub Run which will take place on May 5 starting at 2 p.m. This run is in its 33rd year in the city.
It started out on the city streets and then was put into the fairgrounds and recently has returned to the city streets. This run that attracts the largest crowds also includes a shorter walk for those that are not able to do the run.
The Hub Run will be raising funds for the YMCA’s scholarship fund. This allows the Y to provide funding for memberships and child care for people that cannot afford it on their own. It starts and ends on the downtown square.
Chris Mallers was at the meeting from the Y asking for approval for the Hub Run.
The mayor’s chief of staff Keith Stevens said, “This is a great event for the city.”
Mayor Dave Uran asked fellow board members to approve giving a blanket power of approval to staff on all the details for this event and those in the future. Included in all events of this nature are approvals of the chief of police.
Also approved by the board was a 5k run to be part of the May Fest put on by Crown Brewing on May 18.
Crown Brewing has held this event there for a few years and wants to expand it by including a 5k run based at the fairgrounds, where the May Fest is held. The route will leave the fairgrounds and enter Ellendale Farms through Shannon Drive, going north on Mary Ellen Drive and turning back by making the run down Davis Circle, back to Mary Ellen Drive to Shannon Drive and then back to the fairgrounds. This will keep the runners primarily on subdivision streets.
The third 5k run/and fun walk approved is a fundraiser for the Old Sheriff’s House Foundation. Dave Mauer, a member of the board of directors of the foundation, was at the meeting. This run will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2. Mauer said he expects to have about 125 runners/walkers, along with 100 spectators and 25 volunteers to put on the event.
This is an out-and-back course with the start behind the old jail on East Street. The route goes south and then turns left to go east on Wells Street and then right to go south on Pettibone to Elizabeth, and then re-tracing their steps back to the old county jail on East Street.
There will be trophies for the fastest male and female runner. There will also be a special prize to the fastest public safety employee running.
With this interest in 5k runs in the city the board directed Stevens to sit down with the Police and Parks departments to see what impact these 5k runs have on the city.
Uran said, “With people wanting to be healthy we may have to look at certain dates and then various groups may have to inter-mingle and we would be more efficient.”