ANC Asks Nike 'What's in It for Us?'
Nike hopes to close Thomas Jefferson Street for a day in April for the Nike Women's Marathon Half race expo.
The race will be April 28, but the packet pick-up days will be April 25-27. The street would be closed Saturday, April 27.
The Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission was hesitant to agree to the street closure at its February meeting and is seeking public input on the proposal.
Representatives from Nike said they would make contributions to the community organization(s) of the ANC's choosing as part of a public benefit and trade-off for the street closure.
The race team said they wanted to close the street for safety reasons: there would be thousands of participants milling around between the M Street store and the Harbour expo area. They also said they were interested in making a street fair of sorts to highlight local businesses on the closed street.
The ANC is seeking public input on the idea of trading a public inconvenience for a donation to a community resource.
This is the inaugural Nike Women's Marathon Half in DC. The race, which benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), started in San Francisco in 2004.
The San Francisco race alone has helped raise more than $118 million for LLS services for patients and for blood cancer research, according to a press release on the LLS website.
According to the race website, the packet pick up hours are:
Washington Harbor, Washington, DC
Thursday, April 25, Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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