At least one annual event here in both Texarkanas is back after being sidelined for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Run the Line Half Marathon is the main fundraiser for Partnership for the Pathway, which builds and maintains recreational trails in the Twin Cities.
It has been attracting runners and raising funds since 2008.
But last year’s race had to be canceled due to the pandemic. It’s a shame because so many people in our community look forward to the half marathon every year. Indeed, it attracts runners from a number of other states and even foreign countries.
So it’s good news that this year’s race is on. It starts at 7:30 a.m. today downtown at West Broad and Texas Boulevard. The course winds through city streets on both sides of the state line before ending downtown in front of Hopkins Icehouse.
We are sure that all participants will have a lot of fun. Local motorists should be aware, however, that until around 11.30 a.m., runners will be on the streets. Some of these streets will be closed and police will stop traffic in other places to let runners pass. So if you’re on the go, keep your eyes peeled and be prepared to take alternate routes to get there.
Things are not back to normal yet. But resuming the Run the Line Half Marathon is several steps in the right direction.
Printed title: À NOTRE VUE/Run the Line: the race returns after a sabbatical year due to the pandemic