5K races up for approval in Pigeon Forge

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 12:56 AM

Warm weather can't be too far off. How can you tell? The Pigeon Forge Planning Commission will consider items related to upcoming 5K races when it meets today at City Hall.

One is the Preserving the Mountain in Me 5K, which is being organized by the environmental group Keep Sevier Beautiful. Scheduled for April 27, the race will begin in the city parking lot and end on the Pigeon Forge Greenway.

"Showcasing the greenway is a big part of our mission," said Laura Howard, executive director of Keep Sevier Beautiful. "It's an underutilized part of our community. It's a great area that shows off our natural beauty."

Races like Preserving the Mountain in Me are "a great way to raise awareness and generate funds," Howard said. "It's also about getting our citizens outside and into some physical activity."

Also on the planning commission's agenda is the 5K in May, a May 4 race that will benefit Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.

In other business, the commission will consider carriage rides in February at Walden's Landing, and it will take up the rezoning of a Wears Valley Road property.

The Board of Zoning Appeals, which meets immediately after the planning commission, will consider:

- Musick's Mountain Theater's appeal of a planning-staff decision regarding off-premise signage

- Whether to allow a bicycle billboard business in the city

- A planned attraction on Wears Valley Road

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