Moonlight Run faces a hurdle or two
Published 7:05 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Longtime race organizer Wallie Jahn is hopeful as he promotes 18th annual New Balance Moonlight Run 5K and recruits runners and sponsors for the popular event.
If all goes well with Mr. Jahn's pre-race planning, the event is scheduled June 3 with an 8 p.m. start on Young's Field Road in New Milford.
Signup by June 2 will be $17; race-day signup will be $21.
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The 10th annual Webster Bank Kids' Fun Run will precede the road race at 7:15 with runs for youths aged 6 and younger and 7-11.
Cost will be $5 in advance or $6 on race day.
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Unfortunately, Mr. Jahn has hit a speed bump.
Required permits and a traffic control plan were not in hand when Mr. Jahn attended an April 25 Town Council meeting to earn approval for the event.
Mayor Pat Murphy said she had not yet placed the race on the council agenda for approval because Mr. Jahn had yet to obtain necessary permits, particularly those from the local traffic authority and the police.
He does have a permit from the Parks & Recreation Department for the use of the town-owned Young's Field, but has not been given the go-ahead from police Chief Shawn Boyne required to close Young's Field Road from Bridge Street to the north end of Housatonic Avenue.
In a letter to Mr. Jahn earlier this month, Mayor Murphy wrote before she would seek council approval, Mr. Jahn had to comply with the rules required of local organizations wishing to close public roads.
Chief Boyne sent Mr. Jahn an April 11 email, stating the requirements had not yet been met, but offering to work toward compliance.
Mr. Jahn was forced to cancel his annual Christmas charity race in early December because he had not received public safety clearance required from the police.
For the Moonlight Run, Mr. Jahn said he intends to schedule a meeting with the mayor so he could resolve the issues and move ahead with the race.
Police spokesman Lt. Larry Ash predicted the event would require at least six police officers for crowd and traffic control.
Lt. Ash said he hopes Mr. Jahn will be able to comply with the town's requirements because the race is a major draw for the downtown.
"This run is a showcase of our town," Lt. Ash said, "and it brings a lot of people to town. There is plenty of time to work this out.''
Norm Cummings contributed to this story.