AZALEA & SPRING FLOWER TRAIL | TRADITION CONTINUES
The 35th Tyler Azalea Run took place Saturday with 10K and 5K routes that gave runners views of the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail.
Created in 1984, the run is one of many events that take place during the three-week period of the trail. During that period, locals and visitors alike are encouraged to take time to view gardens, join in on various community events, and experience the beauty of Tyler in the spring.
The trail begins at Broadway Avenue and Houston Street and later splits into two trails. The homes on the approximately 10-mile routes are known for having large azalea plantings, as well as other flowers and dogwood trees that typically bloom this time of year.
This year's run benefited Children's Village, a nonprofit that provides for children who have been neglected or abused.
This year's run didn't go off without a hitch, though. Runners on the course were confused when a directional sign was moved.
Megan Riaz, one of the event organizers, posted a statement on Facebook addressing problems that occurred during the 10K and 5K races.
"Today an integral sign directing runners was moved by someone not associated with our event, creating confusion and problems with both the 10K and 5K courses.
"We are so disappointed that this happened and that many of you were not taken on the correct course," she continued. "We sincerely apologize and will be working with volunteers and police to ensure this never happens again in the future.
"We are so thankful for your support of this event, as proceeds benefit kids that desperately need love and a transitional home provided by the Children's Village.
"More information will be sent to you regarding results and next year's event via email.
"Please feel free to message us directly with any questions. We LOVE our runners!"