Greenville approves road closures for Yellow Jacket Challenge


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:07 am on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GREENVILLE — Road and trail closures have been approved by the Greenville City Council for the Yellow Jacket Challenge on April 21.

During the Greenville City Council meeting on Tuesday, council approved the plans requested by Penny Dora, race director for the Yellow Jacket Challenge.

“This is a request we see annually,” said Greenville City Manager George Bosanic. “It is the same route as last year.”

Roads to be closed from 1 to 5 p.m. include Blackburn Street from the Greenville High School driveway to Hillcrest Street; Hillcrest Street from Montcalm Street to Greenville West Drive; Franklin Street from Montcalm Street to Gibson Street; Montcalm Street to Hillcrest Street to Franklin Street; Olsen Street from Montcalm Street to Chase Street; Chase Street from Olsen Street to Hillcrest Street.

Trail closure from 1 to 4 p.m. will include from Hillcrest Street to Franklin Street.

City staff has reviewed the plan and found it acceptable, according to Bosanic.

The Yellow Jacket Challenge is a 5K run, one-mile walk and children’s fun run, which drew almost 500 participants last year. The race starts at 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. Completion of the Yellow Jacket Challenge, including the take-down and clean-up, will be 5 p.m.

Bosanic said the Yellow Jacket Challenge comes at almost no cost to the city as volunteers help with the barricades and more to make sure the event takes place.

“I recognize there are at least 100 volunteers involved in making this happen,” Dora said. “There is absolutely no way I can do this on my own and I am very appreciative for you assistance.”

This year, runners who participate in the race, and are at least 18 years old, are eligible to register for the 2013 lottery for a chance to be selected to run across the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day.

People can register for the Yellow Jacket Challenge through April 15 by going to www.yellowjacketchallenge.com.

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