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Foxfield Races
4/20/2015

In conjunction with The Foxfield Race Association and our public safety partners, the Albemarle County Police Department is preparing for the Foxfield Spring Race. We would like to share some important information regarding this event.  The Spring running of the Foxfield Races will be held on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. The race is a major event for thousands of college students, young adults and citizens in our community and beyond. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to attend the race this year. The gates open at 9:00 am and the first race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm. The last race is at approximately 4:00 pm.

Traffic will be significantly impacted by the influx of cars and buses traveling to and from the event. Expect delays the entire day, especially during peak travel times in the morning and late afternoon. Officers will be directing traffic along Barracks Road and Garth Road and also Free Union Road. If you are not attending the races, please avoid these areas. If you are attending the races, please be patient and understand that there will be congestion and delays along Garth Road.

At the request and funding of the Foxfield Race Association, the Albemarle County Police Department is working closely with local and state law enforcement and several private partners, to ensure that this event is safe for spectators, guests and participants. The event will be staffed with resources from the Albemarle County Police Department, State Police, Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office, UVA Police, representatives from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, Emergency Communications Center, Fire & Rescue, CERT volunteers, civilian staff and IT support. Auxiliary Police Officers with the ACPD will also be on site and used in a support capacity as needed. In addition to these resources, the Foxfield Race Association has hired Justin Billcheck Productions and Event Staffing Inc (ESI) to enforce private property rules, regulations and policies.

The law enforcement and safety personnel are there to ensure a safe atmosphere and event. Their main focus and concern is the personal safety of everyone attending the event. If you are attending the event, please ensure that you stay with a group or friend and do not wander alone, especially if you have been drinking. If you have an emergency or if someone is sick, don't hesitate to ask for assistance. There are multiple resources available for the health and safety of everyone attending.

We would also like to encourage everyone to make travel plans prior to the event. Please drink responsibly and have a designated driver if you do plan on drinking.

As always, we will be working hard to ensure that everyone is safe and has an enjoyable day at the races. Please do your part to help us in this endeavor.
 


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