ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles City Council committee on Monday supported a future downtown 12K event over concerns from a local agency that holds a running event on the same day.
The St. Charles Government Services Committee on Monday voted 5-0 in favor of recommending approval for street and parking lot closures, as well as use of amplification equipment for the 2014 St. Charles 12K of Christmas.
The 12K event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 in downtown St. Charles and at 9 a.m. that same day TriCity Family Services plans to hold its Snowflake Shuffle 5K fundraising event in the Mill Creek subdivision near Geneva. The agency, which provides various mental health services for Tri-Cities residents, is concerned that the 12K event will impact the Shuffle, said Hallie Hudson, TriCity Family Services development associate, at the meeting.
“Due to the cutbacks in state and local funding, the agency is increasingly relying on proceeds raised from this event,” Hudson said to committee members at the meeting.
Jim Martin, the committee chairman and a Ward 4 Alderman, asked that the issue come before the full St. Charles City Council as a separate item because four aldermen were absent at the time of the committee vote. The Government Services Committee is comprised of all 10 aldermen on the city council.
Danny Delgado at the meeting represented Multisport Madness, the group that is proposing the 12K race. He said all marketing efforts for the event have been geared toward half-marathon runners and that the group do not intend to take away from the Snowflake Shuffle.
Delgado said Multisport Madness will consider giving a portion of its proceeds from the 12K race to TriCity Family Services.
St. Charles Deputy Police Chief Steve Huffman said there are six residents who responded to Multisport Madness’ letters to the community about the event. Four of the residents were in support of the race and the other two sought more information, Huffman said.