Several roads near Plainfield North High School will be temporarily closed Saturday morning to make room for the Fast Cat run/walk event, sponsored by the PNHS boys track and field team.
In a press release issued today, Cmdr. Anthony Novak of the Plainfield Police Department said that due to the planned event course and the large number of participants expected, commuters and residents may experience increased traffic or temporary road closures the morning of the race.
Novak said the following roads will be temporarily closed beginning at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, until most of the runners and walkers have cleared the area (estimated at approximately 10:30 a.m.):
- 248th Avenue from Winterberry Lane to Champion Drive
- 119th Street from Millenium Parkway to Heritage Meadows Drive
- Van Dyke Road from Whispering Trails Drive to 119th Street
- Millennium Parkway from 248th Avenue to Champion Drive
- Champion Drive from Millenium Parkway to Champion Court
Parking will be restricted on Millennium Parkway from 248th Avenue to Champion Drive and Champion Drive from Millennium Parkway to Champion Court. Parking for the event will be available at PNHS, Novak said in the release.
The Fast Cat 1 Mile Run for kids ages 5-12 will begin at 8 a.m. near PNHS and proceed north on 248th Avenue to 119th Street to the north entrance of the high school parking lot and return to the original starting place.
At 8:30 a.m., participants in the Fast Cat 5k Run/Walk, 10k & 2x5k Relay will make a loop on a course beginning at PNHS and heading north on 248th Avenue to Millennium Parkway, east to Champion Drive to the bike path until exiting on 119th Street, then west on 119th to 248th Avenue and back to PNHS.
In a presentation before the in February, organizer Andy Derks, PNHS’ assistant track and field coach, said the idea was to organize a race that would “showcase a part of Plainfield most people never see,” including the jogging path through the wetlands north of 119th Street.
Derks said the event was planned to raise funds for travel expenses, warm-up uniforms and other items used by the track and field team that the cannot afford to provide.
For more information or to register for the event, go to www.runfastcat.com.