|The three fastest runners are just behind the "rabbit car" as they head back south after making the turn-around on 19th street. Apparently some (or all?) of the 5K runners got an unexpected extra 1/4 mile or so as the turn-around marker was run over or otherwise removed leaving runners to guess where to turn back towards the finish line.|
I enhanced most of the photos on this page to make them just a bit brighter,
but not the one directly above (near the start/finish line) just to make
a point that by the time the run was over and the winners announced it
was definitely night-time-dark (with 19th Street above still full of hundreds
of people which you can't see). Most of the early race finishers had plenty
of light (and were in a large group) to be seen by spectators and traffic.
Many more were still straggling in (and scattered a few at a time) over
an hour after the race start (9pm and beyond) with only "moonlight"
marking their presence for traffic. I am just the lazy photographer who
has never run nor walked a 5K, but have observed several in the past few
years and most offer very limited traffc control with cars/trucks on their
own to be aware there is even a race happening and to decide if they will
cross or enter the race path.
I get that this is supposed to be an evening race and don't fault the Cherokee Nation, City, Police, or anyone else directly for what I see as a potentially dangerous situation (especially for the slowest runners) but I would like to see the situation re-evaluated and addressed. I also get it that many other races use the same low-impact approach and don't block roads for the duration of a race. I would like to thank the Cherokee Nation for bringing about a thousand visitors (& potential customers) to our community but I would hate to see any of them injured while they are here.
My suggestion (in the mean time) is for the citizens of Collinsville to volunteer (at future events) to "staff" each intersection until the last runner has cleared, to at least let traffic know a race is happening. Maybe bring a flag / flashlight / lawn chair and enjoy the race from near your own home on Broadway, Walnut, 6th and 19th Streets. -- Ted Wright -- 6/9/2014
(Your suggestions would be appreciated ... email Ted Wright at email@example.com)
|This a copy of the same photo from above with some enhancement to show just a few of the many folks still on 19th Street with no cones or officials or flashing lights seperating them from traffic.|
|Based on a quick scan of the partial race results ... there were about 1000 runners here ... most from out of town ... with at least 47 communities represented:|
|Todahyah Fish (#672 from Moodys) was the overall winner of the 5K run with a time of 21:11 and Spencer Swanson (#263 from Owasso) was right behind him at 21:12.|
Female finishers from 22:34 to 34:33
Male finishers from 22:34 to 34:33
|This dog and his master finished the race at 51:09 and there were still plenty of runners behind them in the dark.|