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Officials Expect 75,000 At This Sunday's Siclovia On Broadway

Eileen Pace
TPR News

The fifth Síclovía gets underway Sunday morning, Sept. 29, and officials promise a bigger and better-than-ever event. The day starts with a 5K, and a steadily-growing attendance rate at the outdoor event is driving new attractions.  

The high-energy, high-activity outdoor event provides the chance for thousands of people to get out and get in some physical activity.

The YMCA has been recording an increasing number of families that come out to play in the street, and local YMCA President Sandy Morander President said this year they’re adding exercises for seniors and people with mobility issues, more kid-friendly options, and more opportunities for pet owners.

“It’s amazing how many people have really latched onto the idea of bringing their pets out here," Morander said. "The whole street’s blocked off, so [it's] a broad place for dogs. We’ve made sure we have watering stations all around. There’s actually going to be a Pet Reclovía, so a little doggie park out at Lions Field."

Humana came on board as a new sponsor this year, and Síclovía completed a study that demonstrated a large number of people are increasing their physical activity as a result of attending the events.

And because there are so many people expected to go out for a little fun in the sun with friends and family, Síclovía Spokeswoman Mary Ullman Japhet has a quick reminder about the rules of the road.

“We want to remind folks to stay on the right. And if you’re riding a bicycle, go in the middle, because we want to let walkers have the perimeter at Síclovía,” Japhet said.

Síclovía officials are expecting 75,000 to attend this event. It kicks off at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.