From the Back of the Pack
I might always be in the back of the running pack, but I'm addicted to it! When I miss more than a day it affects my energy, attitude, and the rest of life in general! I have had a lot of "character" building runs in the deep snow, extreme nose hair freezing cold, ankle high rain, and gale force winds over the past twenty five years and find some of those days to be the most peaceful rewarding outings of all! I'm one of those runners who is slow and steady, but goes forever and ever without ever getting tired.
August 19, 2008: HELP??
I am wondering if anyone can help me...due to the massive budget cuts of the park system, the city is not allowing any more permits until after 2009 for anything!!!
November 15th the family of the late Dr. Nancy English, Barbara Reyelts and myself are hoping to put the first annual 5k on in her memory. We are working out the details and had hoped to use Park Point as a route because it was her favorite.
I emailed the city and then Donny who just said no...nothing...no police to help...no buildings will be open...nothing can be done...the city will not help in any way shape or form...
Sooooo....any ideas? Any good road routes the COUNTY owns? Any loopholes? Any connections? Keeping in mind that snow may be a factor? Anyone know the rules of Duluth? I have done this in Cloquet and the Twin Cities and it was easy...!
either that or a section of skyline. maybe put barbara and her family to work on it, they must have a few connections ;-)
It is near Park Point and has no car traffic to stop or home and business access to contend with.
One reason, for the response from the city, is there are 2 5ks the following week on Thankgiving day. 1 on Parkpoint and 1 through downtown.
See if you can get one or many of the hotels or other businesses in Canal as sponsors or at least to use their parking lots for an hour or two.
It would seem to me that one could do a run on the Lakewalk at that time of year without much of a problem.
From what I understand races have to pay for closing roads and stuff, so it would also cost less to do a race with no road closures.
This was the response to the last email
Thank you for your request - your event sounds like a wonderful idea.
It makes sense for you to start with me on a special event, as I do
permits for all public special events held on City of Duluth park
land. However, we have been given the directive from Administration
not to issue any more park permits for 2008 or 2009. We will only be
providing minimal service for remaining existing permits for the year
and Park Maintenance has already been given a complete list.
Regretfully, I cannot give permission to do what you are asking.
This was Donny's response...
Not only do we not have the staff support for the beach house, but shutting down the road for a race takes a tremendous amount of overtime from police, not to mention the inconvenience to the neighborhood of shutting down traffic. As Parks staff mentioned, we cannot afford to take on any additional events at this point. Sorry.
I think I may have a solution...loopholes can be found if a person digs hard enough! I'll post it when I know ...for now November 15th 10 am will be the time and date!
Thanks for all the help!
We do still need volunteers and participants for These boots are Made for Walkin'...that is the 3 mile/13 mile and 26 mile fun run/walk...you can race it...just on your own clock. If you work for smdc it's only $15 otherwise $25 before Sept 3rd...long sleeved tshirts to all, bag lunches, door prizes and so much more! Great training run! Good cause!
Membership in the club is anyone who shows up to a club run and pays a buck.