On July 19, Plainville hosts the GE 5K Road Race. General Electric is the signature corporate sponsor supporting this event, along with several other corporations, small businesses, civic organizations, and individuals. All proceeds will benefit the Petit Family Foundation.
The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on East Street (Route 10) near its intersection with Maple Street, and the runners will continue south onto Stillwell Drive. The race continues onto Rosemont Drive, Pickney Avenue, Arcadia Avenue, Higgins Avenue, Dallas Avenue, and will finish on Woodford Avenue (SR-536) directly in front of GE’s Consumer Industrial Division.
For those preferring a more leisurely pace, there will be the 1.5 mile Fitness Walk, also starting at 9 a.m. Children can participate in the 400-meter fun run starting on Woodford Avenue prior to the start of the 5K race.
General information, course maps, available parking areas, and application forms are all available online at www.PetitRoadRace.com.
From 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Woodford Avenue will be close to vehicular traffic from its intersection with Rout 10, east to its intersection with Linden Street. During this period, motorists wishing to travel east and west on this section of Woodford Avenue can use New Britain Avenue (Route 372) as an alternate route. Police will direct motorists wishing to travel east on Woodford Avenue to Route 10 North, where it intersects with Route 372.
From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., East Street (Route 10) from Woodford Avenue to Stillwell Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists traveling north or south can bypass this section of route 10 by using Whiting Street as an alternative route. Police will direct motorists north on Route 10 onto Fairfield Avenue, which intersects with Whiting Street.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the town roads making up this road race will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic for the safety of the runners. These roads include Stillwell Drive, Rosemont Drive, Pickney Avenue, Arcadia Avenue, Higgins Avenue, and Dallas Avenue. Side streets off of these roads will be temporarily barricaded during the race, and police and volunteers will be posted throughout the course to ensure runners’ safety.
A marked police car will lead the runners during the race, and there will be a trailing vehicle following the last runner. Outside of an emergency situation, residents living on the race’s course are asked to avoid driving on these particular roads during the race.