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New Midsummer Night's Run route set

The route is set — or reset — for A Midsummer Night's Run.

The traditional course for the popular annual 5K foot race was scrapped recently because downtown sidewalk work made it unsafe.

After several days of working with Lexington police and city officials, a new route has been created, said Ruth Ann Childers, spokeswoman for Central Baptist Hospital, which sponsors the run.

Childers said a record number of runners is expected. Last year, about 5,000 people participated.

Cyclists from Swim Bike Run of Kentucky, a triathlon outfitter in Lexington, will lead the way through the new route so frontrunners will clearly see where to go.

Here are some key changes:

■ The 1-Mile Fun Walk/Run begins at 6 p.m. Registration is $15. The starting line will be at Vine Street between Limestone and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The finish will be at the Vine Street and Limestone.

■ The Fastest Kid in Town competition begins at 6:35 p.m. Registration is $15. It will be run on theCentrePointe lot, at Vine Street and Limestone.

■ The 5K run begins at 8:30 p.m. Registration is $20 through Friday; $25 the day of the race. The start will be at Mill and Vine streets, and the finish will be at Limestone and Vine Street.

Registration remains at Vine and Mill streets. It begins at noon Saturday until race time.

You also can register at John's Run/Walk Shop on South Ashland Avenue through Friday, or until noon Friday online at Centralbap.com.

■ Street closings on Saturday: For the 5K race, Vine Street will be closed between Broadway and Limestone from 4 p.m. until the race is finished.

For the fun run, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Vine Street will be closed from Broadway to East Main Street, and Main Street will be closed from Woodland Avenue to Elm Tree Lane.

For the 5K race, beginning at 8 p.m., Vine Street will be closed from West Main Street to East Main Street, Main Street will be closed from Walton Avenue to Jefferson Street, Short Street will be closed from Jefferson Street to Midland Avenue, and Midland will be closed from Main Street to East Third Street.

Any streets that intersect with the above streets will be blocked.

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