Much to the frustration of City elected officials and staff members, this year’s Cypress 5k/10k got off to a delayed start.
By about an hour.
According to multiple sources, the City had contracted to have streets blocked off. The contractor arrived an hour late.
Prior to greenlighting the beginning of the race, City maintenance staff drive over the course to check that everything was okay.
Everything was not okay. Multiple intersections had not been closed, making the course unusable and unsafe for runners.
Runners of the 10k were scheduled to start at 7 a.m. Runners for the 5k were scheduled for 7:30 a.m.
While runners (and elected officials and City staff) waited at the starting line, City maintenance staff worked to plug the holes in the course — the first time in the race’s history that anything like this has happened.
Once the start was okayed, the Star-Spangled Banner was sung — the runners and onlookers cheered. Two escort motorcycles from the Cypress Police Department readied themselves, lights flashing. Mayor Jon Peat sounded the air horn — the first runner was a paraOlympian, bib 34, who received a two-minute headstart.
Next was the small field of 10k runners. (We were told that the smaller size was in line with other races that have start up again after the pandemic lockdown.)
Three minutes later (rather than the scheduled 30 minutes later), the 5k runners were loosed followed by the walkers.
Suddenly, Grindlay Street was empty and quiet.
By the time we had walked from the starting line to just west of Moody Street on Orange Avenue, the fastest 10k runner was being escorted towards the finish line in front of City Hall.
For more pictures and race results, check the race’s webpage for the Cypress Recreation Department.