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Rotary Club Spring Sprint set for Saturday

The Lake Spivey Rotary Club Spring Sprint will take runners past the storefronts in Jonesboro’s historic downtown area Saturday. The 5K and 10K run and walk is intended to expose people to the city’s history. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The Lake Spivey Rotary Club Spring Sprint will take runners past the storefronts in Jonesboro’s historic downtown area Saturday. The 5K and 10K run and walk is intended to expose people to the city’s history. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — The Lake Spivey Rotary Club has gotten on its mark, it’s gotten set and it’s ready to go.

In about 24 hours, sprinters will dash through Jonesboro’s neighborhoods and down its main thoroughfares during the club’s first-ever Spring Sprint event. The 5K and 10K races will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Lee Street Park, 140 Smith St. in Jonesboro. They will also end at the park after participants make a loop through the city.

On-site registration will be available at the park at 7:30 a.m. for anyone who did not pre-register for the walk and race event. The race course will take participants through several of Jonesboro’s historic sites, including its older neighborhoods, the 1867 train depot that now houses the Road to Tara Museum and the 1898 Courthouse.

Southern Regional Medical Center doctors and nurses are expected to be on hand to provide free health screenings in Lee Street Park, where vendors and entertainers will also be set up.

But a race through the city means drivers should expect road closures. The event will mainly affect traffic on South Main and McDonough streets, Turner and Noah’s Ark roads and neighborhood streets around Lee Street Park and downtown Jonesboro.