Metro 10 will also be back on Aug. 19
ALBION – Two events will be back at Bullard Park for their third year in August.
The National Night Out is scheduled for Aug. 1. It has grown from 200 people in 2015 to 1,200 last year.
The Metro 10 race, pitting runners from Rochester and Buffalo, will also be back, starting and ending at Bullard Park after a 10-mile course. That race will start at 8 a.m. on Aug. 19.
Police Chief Roland Nenni advised the Village Board on Wednesday of the events. Nenni asked for exclusive use of Bullard for National Night Out. The event is free to the community with games and activities, as well as free food and the chance to meet law enforcement officers and representatives from many local agencies.
The event also includes a Battle of the Belts competition where teams of four run to a vehicle, buckle their seat belts and then throw their hands in the air. A referee then yells rotate and the four team members have to buckle belts at four different seats in the vehicle.
There has also been a bike rodeo, and other demonstrations by local agencies. Nenni said plans are taking shape for this year’s event, which is sponsored by the Orleans County United Against Substance Abuse Coalition.
The Metro 10 race needed some last-minute assistance from the village to secure permits from the state Department of Transportation to close down a section of Route 31 briefly for the race last August.
Nenni told the Village Board that he will take the lead in securing the DOT permit, as well as permission from the State Canal Corporation because a section of the course is along the towpath.
Thom Jennings, the race director, attended Wednesday’s Village Board and thanked Nenni and the village for their help with the race, which includes a post-race party at Bullard Park.
“I can’t say enough about the work Chief Nenni has done for the event,” Jennings told the board. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without him.”
Jennings said 120 runners have already committed to the race on Aug. 19, which is well ahead of the registrations at this time of the year in the first two races. Last year’s race was capped at 300 runners. Jennings said the cap will likely to expanded to about 400 to 500 this year. He is looking for manageable growth for the race. Click here for more on Metro 10.