Race director is very happy with how Sunburst went this year


Another Sunburst race day is over.

Race Director Molly Sullivan says everything went well and she couldn't have asked for better weather.

Some changes could be in store for next year though.

The race director says Notre Dame's $400 million Campus Crossroads Project means the stadium area will be a construction zone next year during Sunburst so they're going to have to figure out where to put the finish line.

By 4 o'clock in the afternoon Sullivan was exhausted but she's just glad race day was a success.

Race officials monitored the heat index and let runners know about conditions through a flag system.

She says, "We do the flag system and we got into red but only in the middle so we were good."

She says there weren't any major medical issues or heat related problems.

The race's finish line is usually inside the stadium at the 50 yard line but Notre Dame is redoing the turf so the finish line was moved outside the stadium this year.

Sullivan says, "People loved the finish and loved the cheering fans along the chute. It was really great."

She's been taking notes all week and as race officials plan for next year they'll take into consideration what worked and what didn't.

She says, "It's always changing. We're always trying to stay current with sort of the leading edge with what goes on in marathons and half marathons."

The race director isn't the only one celebrating.

Businesses in our area benefit big time from all of the people in town for Sunburst.

The owners of Fiddler's Hearth did their best to take advantage.

They had a Sunburst special and even a chalk message at the entrance saying "Welcome Sunburst Racers."

Co-Owner Terrance Meehan says, "A lot of them came in after the races. Different colored shirts and it was just amazing to see the groupings. They were grouped in different colored shirts for whatever their race was."

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