Council budgets $4,000 for race

March 23, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council decided during a work session Tuesday to budget $4,000 to help fund the 2007 Hagerstown Cycling Challenge.

The staff will use about $3,400 of that money to pay for police and Public Works services, said Karen Giffin, city director of community affairs. The remaining $600 is earmarked to advertise the July 7 race, she said.

Eric Deike, director of public works, said Wednesday that the Public Works Department will provide barricades, trash cans, a small stage and ensure that there are no major potholes along the route.

Organizers will use the race as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County and Fountaindale Elementary School, said race promoter Joseph Jefferson.


Residents living in the neighborhood of the race will be notified in advance that the event is taking place, he said. That way, people won't be surprised by blocked streets and other things associated with the race, he said.

The race will start and end at the intersection of West Hillcrest Road and Woodland Way, Jefferson said. Racers will follow a roughly 0.7-mile course that leads, in part, down Park Lane, The Terrace and West Irvin Avenue.

Jefferson said that area was chosen because it would have the least impact on traffic and reduce the number of police needed to work the event.

Between 200 and 300 riders from across the United States participate in the event, he said.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau is the race's main sponsor, Jefferson said.

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