By Gary Perkins
This is a “Chamber Notes” that I hope all Fort Gibson residents will read.
There will be a temporary street closure affecting many of the Fort Gibson neighborhoods beginning at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 24.
It will be a short and very temporary closure. We will allow upward of 1,000 runners to take to the streets and compete in either a 10K, 5K, or Mile run.
Most streets will be affected only for a short period as runners make a “one-way” loop on their quest for a medal.
The race will start at the school and then run north on Ross Avenue to Poplar Street. At Poplar, runners will turn east and run to either Wiley Road for the 5Kers, or Spurlock Estates for the 10Kers. Mile runners will run to a point on Poplar, then return to the school for their finish. For the rest, after turning on Wiley or at Spurlock Estates, they will run to Cemetery Road and turn back west.
The 5Kers will run west on Cemetery and jog back to Poplar at Mac’s Drive-Inn.
The 10Kers take Cemetery Road and then will turn north at Johnson and Garrison to Ash (Hwy 80) and run along the Historic Site to Lee Street.
All runners will follow Lee Street — 5Kers from Poplar and 10Kers from Ash Avenue (Oklahoma 80) — and return back to the school via Lee Street and then South Street. The finish will be in the front of the Administration Building.
Most streets will be affected only for a short period of time as the runners pass by. Once the bulk of runners pass an area, the street will be opened back up, but drivers are encouraged to be careful and aware of slower runners along the side of the run.
It is expected that all runners will be finished by about 9:30 to 10 a.m.
One important note for all homeowners: Please make sure your pets, especially dogs, are maintained in backyards or secured in some way so as not to become a threat to the runners in any way.
It is important for the liability protection of the homeowner, as well.
We encourage all residents to set up a water station along the roadway in front of their homes to provide the runners with water. This can consist of small paper cups filled with water, so the runners can grab one and continue running.
Most are competing for medals, and take their run very seriously.
We appreciate the patience and participation of all residents on this special day. If anyone has any questions, or need additional information, please give me a call, at (918) 577-2069.
Also a reminder, our weekly chamber luncheons are being held at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. For August, are at Simple Simon’s Pizza on South Lee Street.
Come join us for this relaxed and enjoyable weekly luncheon and get-together.
Don’t forget to check out the weekly Farmer’s Market from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Langston Park across from the library. No vendor fee to set up. Check it out.