Traffic-calming measure leads to race change

New out-and-back route planned for Bazan Bay 5K race

Runner Maurice Tarrant pounds along the route in last year’s Bazan Bay 5K.

A roundabout caused a little upheaval in the Bazan Bay 5K.

The Town of Sidney and Team West Coast Running and Triathlon Club were worried about construction on one of the run’s usual routes — the roundabout going in at Ocean Avenue and Fifth Street — being scheduled to start in February 2012. The race happens Sunday, March 4.

Organizers offered a trio of re-routed race options and council supported a course that sees runners start and finish in Tulista Park. Runners will travel 2.5 kilometres up Lochside Drive to Cy Hampsen Park and make the return trip.

“It’s a big run, this thing,” said Mayor Larry Cross of the race, which saw 742 people compete this year and dozens more volunteer to stage the event.

The numbers do create a bit of a concern for parking, he added. “As necessary, we can open up the ferry terminal and use that for parking.”

The terminal also has washrooms and space for tents should there be poor weather.

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