MERCED — The City Council approved several street closures Monday for the second annual Honey Bunn Run, a fund-raiser sponsored by Buhach Colony High School's cross country and track team.
The race, named for its close proximity to Valentine's Day, will donate all proceeds to the cross-country and track team, as well as the Fallen Heroes Memorial Scholarship.
The event will be held on Sunday, with road closures starting at 6 a.m., according to city officials. Barricades and traffic cones will be removed, and all streets reopened by 11:30 a.m.
The race was started after members from the cross-country and track teams were looking for ways to raise money for travel, uniforms and other expenses. The race was inspired by the "Merced Classic" race held in the early 1990s.
Roads to be closed include: West Main, Canal, K, I, West 23rd, West 25th, West 26th, West 27th and West 28th streets, as well as Martin Luther King Jr. Way and one southbound vehicle lane of G Street.
Runners can register the day of the event at Bob Hart Square at the first-aid booth from 7 to 8 a.m. Participants can preregister for the event at Bob Hart Square from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Three races will be run, with distances of 1, 5, and 10 kilometers. The event is open to all runners 5 years and older. The 1 kilometer kids' race will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the other two races starting at 9 a.m.
The 10-kilometer race is expected to finish by 10:30 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age division. Organizers expect this year's event to draw about 600 runners and spectators.
Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.