Clearfield Council Discusses 5K Races

CLEARFIELD – A 5K run is a popular way to raise money but marking the route must be done properly.

At Thursday’s Clearfield Borough Council work session, the public safety committee discussed plans for several upcoming 5K runs.

Councilman Dave Gallaher said he is always glad to see these events taking place in the borough but asked about the materials used for marking the routes for the runners.

Gallaher said there have been occasions, where the routes were marked with spray paint. He said this can be a problem when the arrows are painted too close to where utility lines have been marked.

Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said when the Clearfield Revitalization Corp. holds 5k events, they use yard signs and water-soluble paint, chalk or even cornstarch.

Councilman Tim Winters said the permission forms for the races contains a paragraph, which specifies what the event organizers can and can’t use to mark their routes. He said the borough needs to be sure the organizers are made aware of the stipulations.

Stott said it may be possible for the borough to purchase the water-soluble paint for the organizers to use and to include the price of the paint in the permit fee.

Also at the meeting, Stott discussed the first-ever CRC Arts Festival. The festival is the product of the combined efforts of the CRC and the Liddle Art Gallery.

She said the festival will be a family-friendly event. She said the event is being held in conjunction with the borough’s 175th birthday. She said the festival will conclude with a picnic and concert in Lower Witmer Park.

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