Gordon Fall Line 5K cancellation disappoints local runners

Gordon Fall Line 5K cancellation disappoints local runners

A tradition in Gordon will come to a halt this year--the Fall Line 5K road race can't go on because of problems in the city.
GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A tradition comes to a halt this year in Gordon.

The Fall Line Festival's 5K road race will not take place this October.

Staying in shape takes its toll--and as runners' shoes pound the pavement, rubber hits the road.

"It's definitely disappointing," said past race participant Lisa Goss.

But that rubber won't be doing what it usually does in Gordon come October.

"Being from Gray, you know we're a small town, and Gordon--a lot of the Gray runners go to Gordon and support the race," said Goss.

The Fall Line 5K road race is a Gordon tradition.

"Course we always had a road race we call our Fall Line Road Race that started our Saturday morning off every time," said Mayor Pro Tem Terry Eady.

But these empty Gordon streets will stay that way for that Saturday.

"They informed us that we had become a high risk because of several things that had happened with you know city and city council and the mayor," said Eady.

The recent events involving Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue scared away insurance companies.

"They were just afraid that there was going to be too much chance--something may come of it so they just informed us that they were not going to renew our insurance," said Eady.

Eady watched as event sponsors for the festival and the race backed out.

"This year we could not get the vendors, we could not get the sponsors, you know it takes 15 to 20 thousand dollars you know sponsorship to get that," said Eady. "So we had to call everything off."

Goss brings a group to race each year.

"It's a great race, great course--it's very well organized and I know a lot of people will be disappointed that it's not being held," said Goss.

And for Fall Line runner Chip Brooks, next year doesn't look so great either.

"You know when you shut something down for a year, it's hard to convince people that hey we're going to get our act together and we're going to get it going again," said Brooks.

Eady said they would make every effort to come back next year just as strong--he seemed optimistic.

He hopes Gordon will straighten out the mess it's in.


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