Several road closures planned downtown for Super Saturday
HUNTINGTON -- With the Color Run, Chilifest and Marshall University's football home opener, Saturday, Sept. 6, has been dubbed Super Saturday in Huntington. The city of Huntington will be well-prepared in terms of public works and law enforcement, said Bryan Chambers, communications director for the city.
The public just needs to keep in mind some road closures downtown will be in effect Friday evening through Saturday night.
The first road to be closed will be the 800 and 900 blocks of 3rd Avenue, which will be shut down at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, as crews set up tents and other equipment for Chilifest. That section of road will remain closed throughout the day Saturday, and likely will re-open a couple hours after Chilifest wraps up at 6 p.m. Saturday.
For the Color Run, there will be a loop of road closures downtown, the same loop as used in the West Virginia 5K.
The course begins on Veterans Memorial Boulevard at 9th Street and continues to 1st Street, where participants will head south to 5th Avenue. They'll head eastward down 5th Avenue to Hal Greer Boulevard, turning northward toward 3rd Avenue, where they will head westward and veer right at 13th Street, returning to Veterans Memorial Boulevard for the finish. The post-5K festivities will take place at Harris Riverfront Park.
Color stations -- where safe, colored powder will be tossed onto the runners and walkers -- will be at the following intersections: Veterans Memorial Boulevard and 5th Street, 5th Avenue and 3rd Street, 5th Avenue and 12th Street, and Hal Greer Boulevard and 4th Avenue. There will be music playing at those stations, which will be played lightly as volunteers set up from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. and then be raised to higher levels during the run/walk, which starts at 8 a.m.
Roads will remain closed until the last runners and walkers finish the 5K.
As of Thursday afternoon, more than 2,400 had already registered for The Color Run, exceeding last year's 2,356 participants in Huntington.
Community members are encouraged to get involved in some or all of the events. Those who go to Chilifest can present their festival tickets at the football stadium for $5 off their tickets, Chambers said. Marshall's football game against Rhode Island is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"It's going to be an amazing day for Huntington," Chambers said. "On our end, we're very well prepared. We've been targeting this day for several weeks now."
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