Runners shouldn't have to brave too-hot conditions for the 2019 Cool Run at Midnight this weekend.
The annual 5K run and walk, which begins and ends at the Pulaski County Judicial Center, is hosted by Phoenix Racing in conjunction with the Somerset Christian School and Southwestern High School cross country teams.
The course covers 3.103 miles along East Mt. Vernon Street from the judicial plaza downtown to just past Cornett Street and back. Water stations will be located on Grand Blvd., and behind library.
While the course is described as the fastest in Somerset, organizers are encouraging all who are interested in fitness, especially walkers, to participate. Those who didn't register early can still do so for a $25 entry fee, beginning at 10:30 p.m. Friday night in front of the Judicial Center.
So far, a dozen teams and 230 individuals are registered to participate. A $150 Cash Prize will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, in addition to recognition of the top three males and females. The top three teams will also be recognized as well as in each of the following age divisions: 14 & Under, 15 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, and 70 & Over.
Drivers in the area should take special precaution. According to Somerset Police Captain Mike Correll, East Mount Vernon Street will be closed from Fountain Square up to South Central Avenue from 11 p.m. Friday night until 3 a.m. Saturday morning.