Travel reminder for 5K event

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Motorists traveling in Brazil need to be vigilant Saturday due to an organization’s inaugural 5-K fundraising event.

The VFW Auxiliary Post 1127 is hosting a 5-K Run/Walk to support the Run For The Fallen, which pays respect to that military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country and continued support to their families.

“This is the first event, and people might not be aware of it,” said Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen, who added the route is slightly different than other 5-K runs that have taken place in the city. “Motorists will need to slow down and pay attention while traveling in these areas for the participants who might be on the sidewalks or slightly off to the side of the roads.”

Event organizers confirmed there would be lookouts posted at each intersection on city streets, and patrol officers would be at the intersections of state highways to ensure safety for the event that starts at 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.)

The route starts at the VFW post, located at 303 South Depot Street in Brazil, with participants jogging/running/walking south to Pine Street, east to Depot Street, south to Posey, and crossing State Road 59 into Forest Park. Participants will then travel the road around the park to exit east onto Pinckley Street. They will then north to Edgewood, southwest to Ridge Street to Vandalia, before turning west on Jackson Street. They will cross State Road 59 again and continue on Jackson to turn south at Depot to go back to the VFW.

McQueen said it is unclear how long the event will take, but most runs are completed within 90 minutes.

“Motorists need always to pay attention to pedestrians while driving,” said McQueen. “We just want to be sure people to know about this event, and help make sure everyone is safe.”

COURTESY IMAGE - The route for Saturday's 5-K Run/Walk to support the Run For The Fallen. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the VFW on Depot Street, with the race starting at 9.
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