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City guidelines in place for downtown races
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Runs as fundraisers are becoming a popular occurrence in downtown McMinnville with four approved by city officials to take place in the next three months. First-time organizers need to be aware the city has established guidelines.
According to McMinnville Police Chief Brian Denton, the guidelines have been in place several years and include pre-approved routes for 1K, 5K and 10K races.
“We get lots of requests for 5Ks and 10Ks and those sort of things, which is good,” said Denton. “We get more and more each year. In the past, everybody tended to come with the route they thought they wanted to go with. We found most were first-time organizers. To simplify things, we established guidelines that have worked quite well for us and the organizers.”
As a helping hand to first-time organizers, the guidelines include a step-by-step process on what they need to do in order to prepare for the race, what volunteers can and cannot do, what insurance the city requires, and what the city charges per officer to police the race, etc.
To get the race off and running, the organizer must contact the police department for an initial meeting to discuss the run/ walk and choose a course that best suits the needs of the event. The department will then forward the request to the city’s Safety Committee for discussion. Its recommendation will be forwarded to the full board for consideration.
For those thinking about organizing a future race, a copy of the guidelines can be picked up at McMinnville Police Department on Red Road.