UT, CITY, OTH­ERS TROU­BLED BY TURKEY TROT ROUTE

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Tom Turkey might need to find an­other spot to trot this Novem­ber.

The City of Austin and of­fi­cials from the Uni­ver­sity of Texas Foun­da­tion and State of Texas park­ing fa­cil­i­ties op­pose the pro­posed route for the Thanks­giv­ing Day Thun­der­Cloud Subs Turkey Trot be­cause of park­ing and con­ges­tion con­cerns, ac­cord­ing to memos from city Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment Di­rec­tor Robert Spil­lar and spe­cial events man­ager Frances Har­grove.

The five-mile race route — ad­ja­cent to the cam­pus and through West Cam­pus — would con­flict with the Texas A&M-UT foot­ball game the same day, Spil­lar said. The game is ex­pected to draw 100,000 fans, he said. Ac­cord­ing to city rules, or­ga­niz­ers of large events that re­quire clos­ing streets, in­clud­ing the Trot, have to seek the OK of nearby prop­erty own­ers.

Trans­porta­tion spokes­woman Leah Fillion said the city val­ues the Trot, which raises money for Car­i­tas of Austin, a non­profit that pro­vides food, refugee and so­cial ser­vice pro­grams. She said the city will work with the pro­mot­ers to find a dif­fer­ent route.

But the al­ter­na­tive route can’t be down­town, in the area bounded by Ce­sar Chavez, 45th Street, Mopac and In­ter­state 35 be­cause of con­ges­tion is­sues re­lated to the game, such as booked ho­tels and filled park­ing garages, Fillion said.

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