Greensboro’s Downtown Greenway race, fun run ready to go rain or shine

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Rain or shine, those behind the Run 4 the Downtown Greenway on Saturday don’t expect to lose too much.

The annual run to help support the four-mile loop of walking, biking and running trails that circles the downtown area is still set for 5 p.m. Saturday.

Those helping registrants picking up their credentials, t-shirt and goodie bags said they still have people signing up for the 4-mile race and 1-mile fun run despite the downpour of rain Friday.

“They kept talking about how they hoped it would be raining tomorrow because last year it was so hot,” said Hope Jones, who coordinates races across the Piedmont Triad.

Another difference from last year, those signing up for the fun run have the option of signing up their dogs as well. The $20 registration will provide a leash, doggie treats and allow one owner to run with their four-legged friend without charge.

“After five years of doing this we wanted to add a little sizzle and sparkle to the event a little something extra,” said Downtown Greenway Project Manager Dabney Sanders.

Sanders said the race always sees plenty of same day registration for both the competitive run and the fun run. She’s hoping that a dry afternoon will inspire many people to come out at the last minute.

“We are counting on this rain to get it out of its system,” said Sanders.

After the race, Center City Park will host a celebration for families, runners and downtown visitors that will feature food trucks, live music and beer tents.

Money raised by the even will help with long term maintenance funds for the greenway. Funds have already been earmarked for construction along the eastern edge of the greenway next year along Murrow Boulevard.

Sanders said the group is hoping to complete the full Greenway by 2018.