Johnny's Jog In West Hartford Has A Green Light Sunday

Johnny's Jog, the annual St. Patrick's Day-themed 5K race through West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square, is a go for Sunday after organizers put the brakes on the race last week because of the forecast.

Johnny's Jog, founded in 2011, raises money for local charities by honoring Johnny Moran who died last April. Moran was diagnosed with Wieacker Wolf Syndrome, a condition that affects the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Sunday's race begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration opens at 9 a.m. The race was originally scheduled for March 19 but was pushed back a week after snow was forecasted for race day.

The race includes prizes for the best Irish get-up, face painting, Irish music and step dancing, as well as an after-party and silent auction at Rizzuto's Restaurant and Bar in Blue Back Square.

Roads surrounding West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square will be closed from about 10:15 a.m. to noon, according to a press release from West Hartford Police Department's Traffic Division.

Raymond Road, Memorial Road, Ellsworth Road, Woodrow Street, Isham Road and Garfield Road will be closed during the race.

South Main Street to Farmington Avenue and Boulevard from Trout Brook Drive to Mountain Road will be closed during the race.

The westbound lane of Park Road between the I-84 ramp and South Main Street and the westbound lane of Sedgwick Road from South Main Street to Garfield Road will be closed during the race.

The West Hartford Police Department's Traffic Division advises motorists to use Farmington Avenue for east and west travel and to use Sedgwick Road to travel east. Motorists are advised to use Mountain Road or Trout Brook Drive for north and south travel.

Those visiting the West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square on Sunday will be able to access from Farmington Avenue.

Motorists will be able to access the Memorial Garage from Memorial Road and Raymond Road.

For more information on Johnny's Jog, go to http://www.johnnysjog.com/.

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