05 Feb '13, 6pm

Can a City Have Too Many Races?

Is there such a thing as too many road races in a community? That’s the question the city council of Raleigh, North Carolina will debate on Tuesday. In 2011, Raleigh held 45 races. This year it will accommodate 82 and counting, and the surge has prompted the city to re-examine how it gives out permits. “We start by saying everybody likes road races in our community,” says Daniel Howe, the assistant city manager. “But there are so many it’s getting difficult for drivers to get around on weekend mornings.” 
 
 According to Howe, the proposal will include limiting the number of races to about 100 per year, charging an upfront application fee of $100 and making two to three certified 5-K courses on the Greenway Trail so smaller races can be held somewhere other than the streets. The city will also look to devise a scoring system that allows its bigger local races to compete wi...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/races/can-city-have-too-many-...

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