Town asked to prep for marathonâ€™s second run
Whitley County is prepping for the second annual Veterans Marathon with more than 750 runners coming to Columbia City this weekend. Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
COLUMBIA CITY — The second annual Veterans Marathon will take off down Van Buren Street Saturday morning with over 750 runners signed up to take part in the day’s three different races.
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After a successful first run, marathon officials are asking Whitley County residents to use safety and patience while on the road and at home.
“Our main concern is always safety,” race director Gary Bird said. “We want everyone to have an enjoyable time in our community. We just ask that residents be aware of the runners and take any precautions necessary.”
Residents and drivers are asked to plan accordingly pinning up any loose animals for the morning and using safety around runners.
Businesses are encouraged to welcome runners on their marques or doors as they start coming into town Friday.
The marathon will get underway at 8 a.m. at which time traffic downtown will be controlled by the Columbia City Police and Whitley County Sheriffs Departments.
Both the marathon and half-marathon runners will head east of Columbia City out to parts of Raber and Keiser Road before coming back to town to end the first half of the marathon. The second stint will take runners down Old Trail and out by Wolf Road.
The course will be closed and all roads will be open at 2 p.m.