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Hayden Lake marathon is approved

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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:00 am

The race is officially on in Hayden Lake.

The special event application for the first-ever Hayden Lake Marathon, set to take place Oct. 19, was unanimously approved Monday by Lakes Highway District commissioners.

It took some time for the commissioners to warm up to the idea. The application went before them five times since June, before they gave it their blessing.

"The first time the board heard the topic, they weren't comfortable with approving the special event application," said the district's director of highways, Eric Shanley.

Shanley said the commissioners' initial concerns were similar to those of some residents who opposed the 26.2-mile race that will go completely around Hayden Lake.

Opponents cited safety issues due to the narrowness and winding nature of the roads the course will follow. An opposition petition with 42 signatures was submitted from residents whose homes are accessed by the roads that circle the lake.

Supporters submitted a petition as well, bearing 62 signatures.

By Monday's meeting, Shanley said, race organizers had provided a safety plan that the commissioners felt was reasonable.

There will be 37 volunteers stationed around the lake, frequent signage cautioning drivers about the race, and lots of cones, he said.

"The highway district didn't do this without consulting with law enforcement and emergency services," Shanley said.

The sheriff's office and fire departments advised that they did not think their response times would be negatively affected by the marathon.

Shanley said the highway district will evaluate the size and the impact on the community of this year's marathon, if organizers bring it back again next year.

For additional information, visit www.haydenlakemarathon.org.

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  • Big Bear posted at 11:42 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    Big Bear Posts: 255

    I ride my bike around Hayden, and haven't had any trouble. To assume all drivers are drug-crazed leadfoots is Namby-Pambyism at work. I participated in a bike ride along US 95 this Fall, and there were no issues. Also, a marathon is not a pack of runners, but runners strung out along the route. When I ride around Hayden I encounter few vehicles, and since I don't have one of those electronic music devices in my ears, I can hear them coming from waaaaay off.

  • Ziggy posted at 11:13 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    Ziggy Posts: 1296

    This is insane. There is no law enforcement out there and hasn't been for years so everyone drives as fast as they like, anywhere from 30-90mph. So if a sports car is cruising as a high rate of speed or a gravel truck, will they even be able to stop, even with all volunteers flagging. Also that road is very narrow. Cars are going to get backed up for a long time and that doesn't make for a good situation.
    Why do the taxpayers pay for all these lovely trails? Aren't these much safer for marathons and biking than this narrow, winding, dangerous road? It's a recipe for utter disaster.

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