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Plans coming together for 2nd annual Tin Man run

Plans are under way for the second-annual Tin Man 5K Run and Walk, set for Sept. 21 as part of the Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival. Registration for the race is currently open. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Get on your mark!

Preparations are under way for the second-annual Tin Man 5K Run and Walk, set for Sept. 21 as part of this year’s Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival.

The festival and race were created in 2018, and Race Director Jaci Rice noted there was a great deal of support from the community, with a large response from area runners and walkers.

“We had over 100 people sign up,” Rice explained.

It’s all part of a celebration of the area’s industrial history, whether it be the steel industry, pottery or glass manufacturing.

“It’s unique to our area,” Rice said.

Early registration can be made either online at TriStateRacer.com or through the Mayor’s Office at the Weirton Municipal Building. Same-day registration for the race will begin at 7 a.m. at the Weirton Event Center, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 for adults, and $12 for kids 14 years of age or younger.

The race starts and ends at the Weirton Event Center, with a route following Cove Road, Weir Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street.

During last year’s race, the route looped around the former Weirton Steel basic oxygen plant. With the plant now demolished, Rice said participants will have a different view from the course.

“It will have a new feel to it,” Rice noted.

Rice noted this year’s race also will have prizes available for the top three men and women finishers.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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