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Runners take part in annual New Haven Road Race even with Hermine concerns

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New Haven officials met with race organizers on Sunday. (WFSB) New Haven officials met with race organizers on Sunday. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Despite concerns of flooding and high winds along the shoreline, Hermine's course did not throw off plans for the Elm City's annual road race.

The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race took place for its 39th year.

The city held an emergency briefing on Sunday morning to go over plans in the event of widespread flooding and high winds.The department of public works said they have barricades in place in flood-prone areas.

"We've been fortunate to have such great preparation and cooperation from nearly every City Department  to make sure we could run our event," New Haven Road Race President John Courtmanche said in a statement on Sunday. 

The race started at 8:40 a.m. with 6,000 runners were expected to take part in the event.

"I was kind of keeping track of the weather," Alison Lucas of Wallingford, said. "I wanted to see what would happen, and then I heard it's just going to be a little windy, so I figured maybe it will give me a little push, make me go a little faster."

The city had been in close contact with race organizers since Saturday as the storm ramped up and set in motion contingency plans in case it hit the Connecticut shoreline. 

"We're relieved because we'll see no property damage. We'll see no loss of people's personal belongings due to flooding," New Haven Emergency Operations Deputy Director Rick Fontana said. "And again the good thing is, we don't really like to push that button unless we have to and with changing weather conditions, weather changes and we have to."

The event featured a number of past champions and U.S. Olympians.

If Hermine had made a significant impact and cancelled the race, it would have been the first time in its 39-year history. Organizers said they were ready to make that call.

"We've, unfortunately, had too many cases where if you weren't expecting a storm and reacting to it after the fact leaves us with a lot of problems," Courtmanche said. 

"It was really nice to know they were doing all that they could," Lucas said. 

All races started and ended on the New Haven Green, according to organizers. 

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