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Road Races: Are There Too Many?

Is the cause worth the inconvenience or are people too quick to complain?

Nearly every time an organization schedules a road race around Huntington streets, some residents complain. Some feel there are too many races, or they didn't receive enough notice so they could avoid traffic problems.

What do you think? Are there too many races? Are the warnings sufficient? Should races be moved to parks to minimize the incovenience to people trying to get their kids to activities or to do their errands?

Or is the cause the races support important enough that residents should just deal with it? Many races support such causes as cancer research or veterans' needs.

What would you like to see done differently?

Tell us in the comments.

ski October 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Running too much is not good for the body....every thing in moderation!!
Larry October 24, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Running is great except when it disrupts the ENTIRE downtown area of Huntington on a Saturday! Suggestion....next road race blocks a certain town supervisors access to his house!! Let's see how the board likes it then!
Randy Greif October 24, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Larry Way to go! This kills my local business on Saturday my bread and butter day. All the town cares about is collecting property taxes. Regards to all until the next road closure. Mr. Randy Greif Owner operator Village Car Wash Hailsite
leslie October 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM
The races have gotten out of hand and show a lack of respect the organizations have for the rest of the community. Raising money for charities is a wonderful thing but they lost sight of the fact that other people actually work on weekends and need to get kids to their obiigations. The Kiwana organization is out of touch with reality and so it the genius that approved the last race.
Disenchanted October 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Way too many races. The good old highway superintendent issues the permits for the road closures. They are disruptive and occurring all over town.
momof6k October 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Even though they moved up last Saturdays race to an earlier time, it still disrupted the Village on a Saturday morning...some businesses even closed for the morning because many couldn't get in to work!!! The Spring YMCA/ Marcie Mazzola race closes off streets on a Sunday morning and many can't get to church or even leave their own neighborhoods! Move the races off the streets!!!
Ranger Sewer October 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM
How about having the Running events in Huntington Bay or Lloyd Harbor? It's out of the way of the main part of the town and both places have a nice view when running thru them!
Valerie October 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Not enough room in the rinky-dink parks, by and large. While I feel someone should have the foresight and compassion to stagger these races so as not to impact local businesses and residences too much, I always get a kick out of the NIMBYism I see when these issues arise. Too many whiners out there. Screaming "move the races off the streets" is silly and extreme. There's a happy medium, folks.
ski October 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Hey Randy how are ya? Need any big barrel bags? lol You haven't seen me in a while....my father passed away on 10/10/10....IM staying with a buddy of mine in Kings Park....I miss the village....we were there 8 years 2 months....remember my motorcycle bicycle? lol
RAY October 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Ask the merchants affected by the street closings. I bet most of them loose a large part of their weekly payroll by the decreased sales. Huntington Village is not the place, and to completley circle an area that you can't get into or out of for three hours is wrong. Downtown is no longer a destination for residents, it's only for parades, events, and fund raising, and when the event ends so do the people who came to see it. Most stores' could close for the rest of the day, we shoppers are elsewhere.
Christina October 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The amount of money raised by these organizations are nothing compared to the cost of all the police used to close all the streets. Money is lost to all the merchants and too many people are inconvenienced by these constant races. Please move them to Caumsett or to another village. Enough!
Urban October 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
HALESITE! That rock near the roundabout is for Nathan not frozen precipitation.
JSC October 24, 2012 at 02:24 PM
This last race was particularly frustrating because, once again, my whole neighborhood was completely encircled by blocked roadways! You can't cut off traffic from Oakwood Rd, High Street, Woodbury Rd and Woodchuck Hollow Rd, as it doesn't give residents ANY alternative to leave or get in! This past Saturday I couldn't get into town to my ATM or a card store for a wedding my son was going to. I couldn't get across Oakwood to go the back route to the Big H, I couldn't cut through two neighborhoods to get to Woodbury Rd to drive away from town and I couldn't go down Green St to even park and walk to my bank or a card store. My husband had to sit and wait to get to his school to coach a varsity game that morning! Even when the race had just started ( I didn't even know where it was starting) and runners were nowhere near any intersection, the police weren't allowing you to drive across an intersection! Yes, signs were put up in advance, but no map of the race course showing us ahead of time that we'd be totally blocked in. This would effectively keep us from complaining ahead of time? Yes, I got a robo-call from Frank saying some streets would be closed in my area. We were told somewhere along the line to "plan ahead"! Neither of these things were helpful to me or my neighbors!
Valerie October 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
While beautiful areas to run in, they are hillier than the downtown areas, so they would not be suitable for most races. Caumsett State park is pretty roomy and lovely, but you can't have every race there. As I said, once in a while closing the streets is not burdensome, but if it happens too frequently, then businesses and residents are justified in their displeasure. There has to be forethought and planning involved, which acknowledges the needs of the community.
Lisa Rodriguez October 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I agree that Huntington Village is not the place for road races, there are enough traffic problems in the village even on days when there aren't any races, not to mention the business merchants lose on a weekend, which is there busiest. Even more frustrating than the road races and more dangerous, are the packs of cyclists who do not follow the rules of the road and take up an entire lane, causing traffic to have to veer around them, at times into oncoming traffic. They are supposed to ride at most two abreast. How do we enforce this?
Mike Polansky October 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sorry, I keep hearing from these comments about how much money local mercahnts lose because of street closings in downtown Huntington, but the Big 8 Run started at 7:00 AM and was done by 9:00 AM. How many local businesses are open before 9 AM? And how many runners who come into town for the race come to the downtown area after the awards ceremony at 10 AM to patronize local merchants that by then are in fact open? Please, lets not get hysterical!

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