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Runners to traverse new bridge

Road race part of Lake Champlain Bridge celebration

Runners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of the   grand opening celebration for the new Lake Champlain Bridge. “The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run,” a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) road race, will be  held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

Runners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of the grand opening celebration for the new Lake Champlain Bridge. “The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run,” a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) road race, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

— Vendors will open at 10 a.m. and the bridge parade will start at 11 a.m. from the Vermont side of the lake. The Chimney Point, Vt., State Historic Site, will open immediately following parade. At 1 p.m. there will be a boat flotilla on the lake and musical performances will begin. There will be a vintage car show 1 to 5 p.m. at Crown Point State Historic Site.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site will close at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. musical performances will end and vendors will close for the day along with the Crown Point State Historic Site Museum. Food vendors will close at 6:30 p.m.

People are invited to line up at the Chimney Point State Historic Site at 6:15 p.m. to dance across the bridge’s pedestrian walkway to the Crown Point State Historic Site, where there will be a street dance beginning at 7 p.m.

Activities will resume on May 20 with a 6 a.m. Sunrise Service on pedestrian walkway.

At 10 a.m. vendors, the Chimney Point State Historic Site Museum and Crown Point State Historic Site Museum will open and musical performances will begin. The vintage car show will again be open 1 to 5 p.m. at Crown Point State Historic Site. At 3 p.m. there will be a 5-kilometer road race that starts at the Crown Point State Historic Site, crosses the bridge and returns to the New York side of the lake.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site Museum and Crown Point State Historic Site Museum will close at 5 p.m.

Closing ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Chimney Point State Historic Site main performance tent. All vendors will close at 6 p.m.

At dusk the grand opening celebration will conclude with a fireworks display and music.

Roadways and driveways within the sites will be closed to traffic other than shuttle buses from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking will be in designated areas only.

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