Wednesday, August 5, 2009

YMCA's Leesburg 10K/20K Race Could Affect Local Roads on Sunday

Race officials anticipate 1,500 runners for the Loudoun County YMCA's Leesburg 10K/20K race this Sunday, Aug. 9. This 21st annual race has a new route this year.

According to the Loudoun Times-Mirror, "The course this year is being rerouted around Leesburg to provide more time on the roads before accessing the W&OD Trail. It starts at the traditional point at Market Station on Harrison Street and follows Catoctin Circle to the W&OD Trail."

The courses start and finish together in downtown Leesburg on Harrison Street in front of Market Station (in front of Tuscarora Restaurant, 203 Harrison Street, SE 20175). The course proceeds south on Harrison Street, right onto Catoctin Circle, and then right into the shopping center parking lot, before exiting onto Fairfax Street and turning right onto King Street. Runners will turn left onto the W&OD Trail, following an out-and-back course on the trail.

The 10K turnaround is just before Milepost 37. 20K runners will continue on, crossing over Rt. 7 and past Simpson Circle, before turning around approximately one-third of a mile beyond Milepost 39.5.

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and is anticipated to end at approximately 11 a.m.

If you're in the area on Sunday morning, be prepared for heavier than normal (foot) traffic, and allow a few extra minutes if your route to church takes you this way.

And good luck to all the runners, and thanks to this year's sponsors!

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