On Sunday, July 14 at 9 a.m., Plainville hosts the General Electric 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 non-profit Petit Family Foundation. For this year only, the 5K course has changed due to bridge construction on Stillwell Drive.
The race starts on East Street, just north of its intersection with Maple Street and continues south until heading east on Stillwell Drive. Runners will complete two separate closed loops off Stillwell Drive, first at Pershing Drive, and next at Wayne Drive. The race continues back onto Stillwell Drive where after a short distance west the course turns north onto Laurel Court. The course then proceeds east on Tomlinson Avenue to Arcadia Avenue. The course continues north on Arcadia Avenue, west on Higgins Avenue, and east on Milford Street Ext. It then proceeds north on Belmont Place, and finally west on Woodford Avenue to the finish line in front of the General Electric 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 between ages 4 to 8 can participate in a 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 PetitRoadrace.com
From 6:30 to 11 a.m., Woodford Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from its intersection with Route 10, east to its intersection with Linden Street. From 7:30 a.m., this road closure will extend east on Woodford Avenue to Belmont Place. During this period, motorists wishing to travel east and west on this section of Woodford Avenue can use New Britain Avenue as an alternate route. Police will direct motorists traveling west on Woodford Avenue to Crooked Street, which leads directly to Route 372 and direct motorists wishing to travel east on Woodford Avenue to Route 10 north, where it intersects with Route 372.
From 8 to 9:30 a.m., East Street from Woodford Avenue to Stillwell Drive will be closed to all vehicular travel. Motorists traveling north or south can bypass this section of Route 10 by using Whiting Street as an alternate route. Police will direct motorists traveling south on Route 10 onto Route 372 west, which leads directly to its intersection with Whiting Street and direct motorists traveling north on Route 10 onto Fairview Avenue, which intersects with Whiting Street.
From 9 to 10 a.m., the town roads making up this course will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic for the safety of the race participants. These roads include Stillwell Drive, Pershing Drive, Wayne Drive, Laurel Court, Tomlinson Avenue, Arcadia Avenue, Higgins Avenue, Dallas Avenue, Milford Street Ext., Dewey Avenue, and Belmont Place. Side streets off these roads will be 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 runners. Outside of an emergency, residents living on the race course must avoid driving on these particular roads during this event.