Marathon parking addressed

Officials in charge of Columbia City’s ever-growing Veteran’s Marathon aren’t worried about parking issues for the race’s second annual event Saturday.Tuesday, during the regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, Mayor Jim Fleck questioned whether or not there should be parking set up at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds with shuttle service for participants in any of the three races.Aside from the 26.2 mile marathon, there will also be a half marathon and five kilometer race.“I think we need to provide that,” said Fleck. “It (the atmosphere downtown) won’t be unlike that of Old Settlers (Day).”Race committee official and Parks Director Mark Green said that very comparison to the town’s biggest event of the year, Old Settlers Day, prompted a decision to not repeat a shuttle service like that provided to runners last year.“Last year we shuttled some of the runners from their hotels, but this year we’re just going to let people park where they can find a spot,” Green said.“It’ll be pretty much the same setup as Old Settlers and this is not going to be anything as big as that.”By Thursday afternoon, there were 300 runners registered for the marathon, while 336 were signed up for the half marathon and 131 were on the books to run the 5K.