Runners and walkers participating in the Mary Cleary 5K race will trade in Route 12 for the woods.
This year’s Cruise In event kicks off the morning of Saturday, Sept. 18, when the annual celebration returns after being canceled last year. Not only will Cruise In To Waterville mark another year since the Route 12/Main Street improvements in Waterville, but the theme and an evening celebration will mark 150 years of the village.
Dan Williams, organizer of the run/walk that benefits the American Cancer Society in Cleary’s honor, also has become the event’s sponsor through his company Williams Fence.
The route has moved from the streets of Waterville to the cross country course at Waterville Junior-Senior High. The course follows the fields behind the building and through the wooded area.
Waterville First, which sponsors Cruise In along with the Village of Waterville, said this takes participants off roads that remain open to traffic.
People who sign up by Sept. 11 and pay the $25 fee will be able to pick their preferred size for a race T-shirt. After that shirts will be available at random.
This year’s shirt will feature the mural painted on the side of the Bank Building in honor of the 150th year of the village. Dedication of the mural is at 10:30 Saturday morning.
T-shirts for kids in the Kids Run along the track at Brothertown Stadium, go to every participant. That begins at 9:30 a.m.
The Kids Run is free to all kids, sponsored by the Waterville Public Library, Brothertown Optimist Club, and MPS PTA.
A third style of shirt, one commemorating the entire Cruise In and 150th event, will be sold both on site the day of and online afterwards for $20.
Discussion at a WF/Cruise In meeting last week also opened up the possibility of creating a time capsule. Ideas for that can be emailed to WF at email@example.com
That email can also be used for any Waterville senior citizens who would like to ride in the parade.
About an hour before the noon parade, kids can visit the Kids Zone near the Firemen’s Pavilion to decorate their bikes for the parade. Materials will be available for decorating.
Volunteers are still needed for helping vendors set up in the Village Park that morning.
Waterville Rotary Club will run a concession stand near the car show at Waterville Residential Care Center. The first 150 people to register their car will receive a dash plaque.
This year, Cruise In will extend into the evening. From 6 to 9 at the Firemen’s Pavilion a variety show put together by Mark Barnes will perform. Food trucks will be on site and the Waterville Fire Department will have a beer tent sent up.
After 9 a fireworks display, done by the same company that provided the show for Fireworks Over the Falls, will light up the village.