Rotary Run ‘graffiti’ on trails is unsightly

The Mercer Island Rotary Club’s  Half Marathon doesn’t make for a good neighbor.

It’s one thing for a day to take over many of the City of Mercer Island’s streets for a half marathon, however, year after year event organizers riddle many of the north end of Mercer Island’s streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, intersections, bike trails and walking trails with enormous spray painted arrows on the ground to mark their routes.

For many of us that utilize these city infrastructures, the left over arrows are a daily eye sore which we have to look at for weeks and months after the race -before the rain, sun and traffic wear the paint up.

The City of Mercer Island sponsors the Rotary’s half marathon and the least the City could do is make sure the Rotary, its sponsors, and promoters leave our city in better shape than before they borrowed it.

I have seen similar events use “caked” colored flour or lime that over a few short days washes away. Others use temporary signs to the sides of the run, and even some use removable stickers to mark runners route.

To City staff; if you continue to allow, sponsor and or license such events, please make them clean up after they leave and in this case, make the Rotary come back and power wash their mess after they leave.

And next year, make them find a better alternative than spraying graffiti everywhere!



Ted A. Ritter


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