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Sole Burner 5K to take place near campus on Saturday

A reminder that the annual Sole Burner walk/run will be held on the morning of Saturday, May 7. The event begins and ends at City Park and will affect parking near the Lawrence University campus. A note from Sole Burner organizers:

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This year’s 40h annual American Cancer Society Sole Burner 5K walk/run will be taking place on Saturday morning, May 7th at City Park. We will be using our “traditional” course utilizing the College Avenue Bridge. Streets on the route will likely be blocked off starting at around 8:55. a.m. Walkers and runners will start out from City Park at 9:00 a.m. and it is our expectation that all walkers will be past the bridge by 9:40. Streets on the route will likely open before that time when the last walker goes by. Note that streets directly around City Park will be blocked off earlier.

For those of you in the Lawrence area south of College, it is a bit deceiving since Lawe Street is open and there is access to Lawe Street from Alton Street, but E. South River will be closed until about 9:50. Listed below are expected closed times.

  1. 1)  College Avenue Bridge – 8:50 until 9:40 (eastbound is open to Rankin)
  2. 2)  Lawe/E. South River – 9:00 until 9:50
  3. 3)  Lawe/Franklin – 8:55 until 9:20 (after opening, you can take Lawe north out of downtown)
  4. 4)  E. South Island/Olde Oneida and Eagle Flats Parkway/Olde Oneida – 8:55 until 10:10
  5. 5)  College/Drew – 8:55 until 10:20, you may be allowed west via College until about 9:10
  6. 6)  Washington/Drew – you may be allowed west via Washington until about 9:10.
  7. 7)  Newberry Trail is open off Lawe Street to the Telulah park area

Thus, you can get through west on College or Washington until about 9:10 and north on Lawe by about 9:20 there is only about a 10-15 minute window of no way out of the downtown area, except for emergencies.

We realize that this will be an inconvenience to you and hope this notice will help with your morning planning. If you are home, we’d love to have you come out and cheer on the participants as we attempt to raise over $200,000 to fight cancer. Thank you.

Can’t beat us? Join Us! As a thank you for your support, please use the discount code 22NEIGHBOR to get $5.00 off your registration fee when you register for the Sole Burner 5K Walk/Run at

Thank you for your support!