Race to return to Nashville streets


Staff Writer

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Runners from across the state will converge Saturday on Nashville for a good cause.

After roughly a year of planning, the Hometown Heroes 5K will return to the streets of Nashville. The Nashville Town Council approved the application for the event, also known as the Nashville Elementary 5K, during its May 2 meeting. The race, which is part of the Down East Race Series, raises money for maintenance of the Nashville Elementary School playground and for the Hope Initiative, said Nashville Parks and Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Marguerite Bishop.

Bishop said during an interview Tuesday that while the Hope Initiative and Nashville Elementary School are the race’s main beneficiaries, the race also benefits the town in whole.

“The race showcases the town because of its route,” Bishop said. “It also serves to help people see Nashville as a runner-friendly town.”

Bishop said the route for this year’s Hometown Heroes 5K was modified slightly from the route of last year’s race. She said the route this year is centralized around blocks around Nashville Elementary.

Bishop said the route change was made in order to reduce the impact on traffic, adding road closures for the race would be “rolling.” That means that roads will re-open as runners completely pass each section of the route, she said.

Regardless of whether people run or not, the race will not be the town’s only attraction Saturday. Nashville Elementary is expected to hold its annual Fall Festival the same day. A showing of the hit Disney movie “Moana “at G.W. Glover Park will round out the day’s events.

More information on the race is available at http://www.townofnashville.com and http://www.downeastraceseries.com.