UT, CITY, OTHERS TROUBLED BY TURKEY TROT ROUTE
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.