Many months ago, I expressed my concern about the unfortunate scheduling of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Palm Sunday and the challenge the street closures would pose for those who attend downtown churches. This prompted a healthy dialogue between the race organizers and those who would be the most adversely affected, leading to route changes, well-designed maps showing entry and exit points and an overall spirit of cooperation.
While I’m sure some folks still encountered challenges on their way into town and that some simply stayed home to avoid the traffic altogether, for the most part, this turned out to be one of the least disruptive road races in recent memory, which suggests that other race planners could learn from the experience of the Rock ‘n’ Roll group.
I’m glad to live in a vibrant city that attracts events like this, despite the occasional inconvenience. But I’m particularly appreciative of how these race planners were willing to listen to local concerns and come up with a plan that worked.