A change is coming to the Hancock Canal Run this year. For the first time, a portion of Quincy Street will be completely closed off for race participants.
Local law enforcement met Monday afternoon to discuss the logistics of closing Quincy Street from Gino's Restaurant to Ravine Street. Previously, traffic had been reduced to one lane. Quincy Street will be closed tentatively from around 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. the day of the race, July 19.
Race organizers say they plan to put up signs the night before informing drivers of the closing as well as send fliers to residents on M-203.
"We really want to make sure that safety is our top priority," says Community Outreach Coordinator Angela Luskin. "That's why we have local law enforcement, MDOT, the DPW here just to discuss closing Quincy Street and other safety measures that we want to put into place to make it the safest race possible for our participants."
The Canal Run began in 1975. In the last five years, the race has grown exceptionally. Organizers expect between 900 and 1000 racers this year.