Old Reliable Run

Downtown was taken over yesterday by the 24th annual Old Reliable Run. Read about it here in the N&O.

The Old Reliable Run was more of a family affair than ever this year.

More than 2,300 runners lined up for four different races Sunday in downtown Raleigh for the 24th annual run and fundraiser for Triangle United Way.

They chose from a 10K, a 5K, and two pint-sized races geared for children — a 1-mile race for older kids and a 100-yard sprint for younger ones.

I was not able to attend because of other plans, but from what I saw; Nash square seemed to be full of people. It is not a big problem just yet but I happened to be driving back into downtown during the event. There were many officers re-directing traffic back out of downtown, unnecessarily blocking streets that the race does not involve. There were no labeled detours. Traffic southbound on capital blvd. should have been re-directed to Salisbury St. One cop told me that there is no way I could get to Fayetteville St. while this event was going on. Turned out he was wrong because I found a way to get to the Alexander Square parking deck going down Blount St. and turning on Hargett St. With rising downtown traffic and growth in population, the city must learn to handle these downtown events better.