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.
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.
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.