Road closings announced for Tour de La Porte
La PORTE – The public is encouraged to watch La Porte County roads for closures on Saturday and to take caution and watch for cyclists on Sunday during the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte’s (HFL) 17th Annual Tour de La Porte (TdL) bike, run and walk event to benefit local cancer patients.
TdL is a three-day event held in August each year. More than 1,500 community members come together to participate in, volunteer at and/or sponsor this event, with the goal of providing the resources that people in our community need after a cancer diagnosis.
Temporary road closures are necessary around the area of the running events (5k, 10k and half marathon) on Saturday morning to ensure the safety of participants and residents. Roads will be blocked by a moving barricade that will be removed once the last runner/walker has passed.
Tentative road opening times are as follows:
• 8:45 a.m., Waverly and Orr Lake roads
• 9 a.m., Garden Street
• 9:15 a.m., North Goldring and part of West Small roads
• 9:30 a.m., Goldring Road and Weller Avenue
• 9:45 a.m., West CR-150N
• 10 a.m., North CR-500W
• 10:45 a.m., Small Road
• 11 a.m., Lake Shore Drive
• 11:15 a.m., the streets bordering Stone Lake Beach
Police and course monitors will be present to monitor traffic, and residents living along the course will be permitted to enter and exit the route during slow periods of the race. Motorists are advised to use caution and be extra careful when approaching intersections or pulling out of driveways.
TdL includes a cycling event on Sunday where participants choose their route distance ranging from 5 to 100 miles. All events will begin and end at Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park, with participants riding throughout La Porte County all morning and afternoon. No roads will be closed on that day, but drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious and aware of passing cyclists on the roadways.
To see a full schedule or to sign up to participate or volunteer for the event, visit tourdelaporte.org. The website also provides maps of the running and cycling routes.
The Tour de La Porte schedule includes:
Early Packet Pick Up and On-Site Registration: 2 to 7:30 p.m.
Rotary Club of La Porte Spaghetti Dinner: 4 to 7 p.m.
5K Trail Run | Walk Registration & Check-In: 4:30 to 5 p.m.
5K Trail Run|Walk: 5:30 p.m.
On-Site Registration & Pre- Registered Check-In: 5:30 a.m. to 30 minutes prior to event start
Half Marathon Run: 6:30 a.m.
10K Run: 7:15 a.m.
5K Run: 7:45 a.m.
5K Walk: 8 a.m.
Awards: Begin at approximately 8:45 am (10K, 5K, then Half Marathon)
Mini Fun Run: Begins at approximately 9:30 a.m.
On-Site Registration & Pre- Registered Check-In: 6 to 9:30 a.m.
100 Mile & 60 Mile Group Start: 6:30 a.m.
40 Mile Group Start: 7:30 a.m.
25 Mile & 15 Mile Group Start: 8:30 a.m.
5 Mile: No group start or lead vehicle for these casual cyclists!
All cyclists may leave at any time from 6 to 9:30 a.m., but group start times are highly encouraged!
—From staff reports