Streets to be closed for Veterans Marathon

Several roads in downtown Columbia City will be blocked off Nov. 13 while runners from all over the country pound the pavement here for the second annual Veteran’s Day Marathon.City parks director Mark Green submitted a request Friday to the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety for road closings during the event.“It’s similar to last year, but we’re having more people this year,” said Green, reporting that there were 580 runners signed up for the marathon.Mayor Jim Fleck suggested the addition of signs that would let motorists know of the marathon while it’s happening.“It just brings more to the event,” he said, citing the success of the Farmers’ Market and the use of signs advertising its presence in the city.“The Farmers’ Market had more people, more vendors,” the mayor said.During the event, which includes a five kilometer run, Van Buren Street will be closed from the starting line near the street’s intersection with Elm Street and where it intersects Main Street.Some side streets along Van Buren will also be closed including Walnut on both sides of Van Buren, Line Street at Market and at the alley north of Van Buren.Chauncey Street will be closed at Market Street near the finish line and at the alley just north of Van Buren.The marathon will require a joint effort by city officials to ensure smooth running for the town’s second annual event.