In case you weren't aware, the Greater Clarksburg 10K Race is being run Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This annual event, which showcases some of the best running talent in the world, creates logistical problems for Clarksburg Police and for area motorists as well.
We urge drivers to avoid downtown Clarksburg Saturday morning to alleviate traffic problems in the city. To ensure the safety of this year's runners in the race, city police have issued several road closures for motorists, according to Officer Michael Kesling.
The streets to be closed are: South Chestnut Street from Pike to Main streets; then onto Main Street; left onto Marshall Street from Hardee's restaurant and down to the Red Caboose; then left onto East Pike Street, and down West Pike Street to Chestnut Street.
Kesling said if an individual has to travel to a location in the race area on Saturday morning, the easiest way would be on foot. We think that's a good idea, particularly if the weather is dry.
Like Kesling, we want to urge motorists to use extra precaution when driving Saturday in the area prescribed for the Greater Clarksburg 10K race.
Large numbers of pedestrians and motorists don't mix, so it's only wise to cordon off the race area to prevent man and machine from coming into contact.
Although the race doesn't begin until 8:30 a.m., the course will be closed a half hour earlier due to activities associated with the event.
Again, we reiterate that if you have to drive in Clarksburg Saturday morning anywhere near the race zone, slow down and proceed with caution.