Road Races: Are There Too Many?

Is the cause worth the inconvenience or are people too quick to complain?

Nearly every time an organization schedules a road race around Huntington streets, some residents complain. Some feel there are too many races, or they didn't receive enough notice so they could avoid traffic problems.

What do you think? Are there too many races? Are the warnings sufficient? Should races be moved to parks to minimize the incovenience to people trying to get their kids to activities or to do their errands?

Or is the cause the races support important enough that residents should just deal with it? Many races support such causes as cancer research or veterans' needs.

What would you like to see done differently?

Tell us in the comments.

Urban October 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
HALESITE! That rock near the roundabout is for Nathan not frozen precipitation.
JSC October 24, 2012 at 02:24 PM
This last race was particularly frustrating because, once again, my whole neighborhood was completely encircled by blocked roadways! You can't cut off traffic from Oakwood Rd, High Street, Woodbury Rd and Woodchuck Hollow Rd, as it doesn't give residents ANY alternative to leave or get in! This past Saturday I couldn't get into town to my ATM or a card store for a wedding my son was going to. I couldn't get across Oakwood to go the back route to the Big H, I couldn't cut through two neighborhoods to get to Woodbury Rd to drive away from town and I couldn't go down Green St to even park and walk to my bank or a card store. My husband had to sit and wait to get to his school to coach a varsity game that morning! Even when the race had just started ( I didn't even know where it was starting) and runners were nowhere near any intersection, the police weren't allowing you to drive across an intersection! Yes, signs were put up in advance, but no map of the race course showing us ahead of time that we'd be totally blocked in. This would effectively keep us from complaining ahead of time? Yes, I got a robo-call from Frank saying some streets would be closed in my area. We were told somewhere along the line to "plan ahead"! Neither of these things were helpful to me or my neighbors!
Valerie October 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
While beautiful areas to run in, they are hillier than the downtown areas, so they would not be suitable for most races. Caumsett State park is pretty roomy and lovely, but you can't have every race there. As I said, once in a while closing the streets is not burdensome, but if it happens too frequently, then businesses and residents are justified in their displeasure. There has to be forethought and planning involved, which acknowledges the needs of the community.
Lisa Rodriguez October 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I agree that Huntington Village is not the place for road races, there are enough traffic problems in the village even on days when there aren't any races, not to mention the business merchants lose on a weekend, which is there busiest. Even more frustrating than the road races and more dangerous, are the packs of cyclists who do not follow the rules of the road and take up an entire lane, causing traffic to have to veer around them, at times into oncoming traffic. They are supposed to ride at most two abreast. How do we enforce this?
Mike Polansky October 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sorry, I keep hearing from these comments about how much money local mercahnts lose because of street closings in downtown Huntington, but the Big 8 Run started at 7:00 AM and was done by 9:00 AM. How many local businesses are open before 9 AM? And how many runners who come into town for the race come to the downtown area after the awards ceremony at 10 AM to patronize local merchants that by then are in fact open? Please, lets not get hysterical!


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