Dancers, gymnasts, roller girls and jump-ropers will be a part of the second annual Streets Alive, a vibrant street party planned for the 200 block of Broad Street from 2 to 5 p.m.
The Downtown Development Authority wants everyone to come and share how they like to play in the street.
“Streets Alive is a very exciting event for Rome. It’s an event held all over the globe,” said Amanda Carter, DDA office assistant. “It is a way to bring recognition to creative events, friendly competition and just plain fun and childish play right here in downtown Rome.”
Showing off their skills for the crowd will be local groups such as Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Gymnastics, Dixie Stompers, Rome Braves Brigade, Rome Roller Girls, YMCA Zumba, YMCA ZUMBATomic (kids zumba), Cave Spring Jump Rope Team, Roman Martial Arts, SkateLife and an adaptive cycling clinic.
No cars will be allowed in the 200 block of Broad Street for Streets Alive. The road will close off at 1 p.m. for the event.
At 1:30 p.m., parking spaces along the handcycling race route will be closed. The rectangular route goes from Broad Street to East Fourth Avenue, extending to East First Street to East Second Avenue.
Playtona 500 is ‘bribe-based’
The third annual Playtona 500 adult pedal race will start at 5 p.m. as a fundraiser for Cancer Navigators at the crosswalk in front of Harvest Moon Café. The race already boasts a few notable riders, including Rome Mayor Evie McNiece and Redmond Regional Medical Center CEO John Quinlivan, according to Charlotte Atkins, executive director of Cancer Navigators.
“My pit crew is ready,” said McNiece. “We’re ready to take on any challengers.”
The twist this year is that the first person across the finish line won’t necessarily be the winner. In the name of raising funds to benefit the organization that serves cancer patients and their families, referees such as Rome Police Chief Elaine Snow will be open to “bribes” from racers looking to get an edge.
The race is seeking more competitors who can sign up for $25, and is also looking for any tricycles or bigwheels to borrow for the race. To sign up or to lend a bike, contact Atkins at 706-295-4119.
Handcycle ‘Classic’ starts Thursday
The showcase race event, the Clocktower Classic Handcycle Downtown Criterium, starts at 6 p.m. on Broad Street at Fourth Ave. with 33 racers, 5 of which who are women, from across the country vying for a competitive time in their work towards the London Paralympics this fall, according to Ann Hortman, sports marketing and event coordinator at the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“A lot of them are looking for their performance to be considered for the Olympic team,” said Hortman.
The race will finish and roads will clear for traffic at 7 p.m.
Overview of the Clocktower Classic:
The first stage of the Clocktower Classic, the prologue time trial, will be at Peek’s Park in Cedartown on Thursday, Apr. 26, at 6 p.m.
Stage two hosts a 36 mile road race at Wildwood Cove at Rocky Mountain Recreation Area on Friday at 10 a.m.
On Saturday at 10 a.m., racers tackle a hill climb up Lavendar Mountain for stage three starting at the intersection of Fouche Gap Road and Big Texas Valley Road and finishing at Fouche Gap and Lavendar Trail.
Stage Four is the Downtown Criterium on Broad Street on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The race wraps up with a time trial on Technology Parkway on Sunday morning with a 9 a.m. start. Overall awards will be presented at the end of the race.