IRON MOUNTAIN COUNCIL GIVES UNANIMOUS APPROVAL TO HALF-MARATHON WHILE CONTINUING TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF A FULL-MARATHON

(Iron Mountain - January 16, 2018) - The Iron Mountain City Council on Monday night gave unanimous approval to a half-marathon, to be run next September, while holding off on approval of a full-marathon until routing of the run can be studied further. The Council expects to have a decision by the next council meeting, which will be held on February 5th.

This will be the seventh year for the half-marathon, which is sponsored by the First National Bank and Trust Company of Iron Mountain.

Appearing on behalf of the marathon organizers was Sandy Petroff, (Pictured right) Race Coordinator and an employee of the sponsor.

Organizers are hoping to expand the event to a full-marathon, but doing so would likely require partial closure of Highway US-2 at Main Street, on the City's Northside. Council members and the City Manager expressed concerns about this closure, both for safety reasons and because MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) would require a police presence at the intersection during the partial closure. The highway would be reduced to three lanes, using cones to merge the outer two lanes, thus slowing traffic down.

The Council held a lengthy discussion on possible alternate routes, but organizers said that they have looked at every possibility, and the only way that they can come up with the additional miles needed to expand to a full-marathon is to cross US-2.

It appears that the Council is likely to approve the partial closure of the highway if an alternate route cannot be found. All agreed that the event is good for business, and should be pursued. Last year more than 175 runners took part in the event, and organizers said the number has been increasing every year. Organizers appear confident that expanding the event to a full-marathon will attract even more entrants.

While the event is not scheduled until September 15, organizers said it's important that decisions be made as soon as possible so that registrations can begin, and runners can plan their schedules for the marathon season.

 

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