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Raleigh considers changes to road race schedule in downtown

Posted August 17, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014

— City officials are determining whether to implement a moratorium on new road races until 2016 to incorporate potential changes that would lessen the impact on downtown Raleigh neighborhoods and businesses.

The suggestions come as welcome news to Kim Decoste, who lives near downtown.

“I think Boylan Heights is community-minded,” she said. “I think we want to participate. We like the fact our neighborhood is nice, and we want to share it with people, but it seems like we don't get very much notice.”

Decoste is among those concerned about the number of road races in Raleigh. While the races help boost the city's economy, they also result in street closures, traffic delays and other inconveniences.

Officials have offered a number of suggested changes to Raleigh’s road race policy, which include:

  • Removing the grandfather period for race dates to help reduce the number of races in high-impact areas. Races can still happen on a desired date if located in another part of the city.
  • Add alternative locations for races to create less impact on neighborhoods and businesses.
  • A new notification policy so residents and businesses impacted by a race will be notified six weeks and two weeks in advance.

The proposed changes will be discussed during the city’s Law and Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Race organizers have issue with some of the proposed changes related to date limitations, fees, multiple events on the same weekend and how Raleigh police manage race traffic plans.

The suggestions, if approved, would come as a welcome change for Decoste, who fear that road closures during races will hamper emergency access to Boylan Heights.

“It blocks us completely,” she said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 19, 2014

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    C'mon. You don't really want accommodation for "all residents" just yourself. Every other business and religion has the same year heads-up that this race is coming. A year. Big Sale Events and special celebrations are modified to work around or adapt to city events. Why can't you?

    It would be one thing if your business was paying taxes...but you're not. Your entitlement attitude is out of hand.

  • SmarterThanAvgBear Aug 18, 2014

    Excellent!!! It is absolutely ridiculous that an activity can shut down an entire downtown. We used to love going downtown on the weekends but completely quit about a year ago because you never know when you are going to get down there and not be able to get within 3 miles of your destination. I log a lot of miles but I don't want to log them on the way to breakfast.

    I can't begin to count the times that we have been separated from our destination by over a mile, most of the time more because parking was not available. We have missed a birthday at Marbles, two soccer games at the Y, a get together at Hibernian. The list goes on and on. It should not be up to us to check to see if downtown is open or not. Road races should not have that kind of impact. I hope your runners are coming back each weekend to eat patronize the businesses because we gave up.

  • George Herbert Aug 18, 2014
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    Actually other people who want to use the greenways are inconvenienced by races on them. The greenways could also never handle the number of runners in a major race. They're great for training runs.

  • Brandon White Aug 18, 2014
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    As a thought we have spent millions on the greenways, and they cover some nice terrain. Why not move some of the races there, and I am speaking as a runner. No one gets incovenienced, nor does traffic need to be re-routed.

  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 18, 2014
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    Go find a long private road to run on.

  • Classified Aug 18, 2014

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    Going to church doesn't determine whether or not one is “decent folks” and more often than not I believe the opposite to be true.

  • George Herbert Aug 18, 2014
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    I do walk and bike many places on the weekend. The people who live in Mordecai deserve to know ahead of time that a race is going to close Wake Forest Road, which is the major way to get out of our neighborhood. The route of the Rock-n-Roll race was well publicized. The smaller races don't get that kind of publicity and don't bother to try to notify everyone. Some flashing message boards the week before would help, as would flyers distributed to every affected house.

    I participated in the half marathon of the Rock-n-Roll and did not have any problems parking. Living near downtown made me aware of the best routes and parking spots.

  • OGE Aug 18, 2014

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    Funny of you to Judge people by assuming those that run do not attend church.

    Instead of complain why don't some of you people get out and try to do some of these races?

  • Classified Aug 18, 2014

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    Absolutely! Grab a six pack and fire up some Black Sabbath! Great idea, thanks!

  • lewiskr45 Aug 18, 2014

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    Not for everyone