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June 19, 2006

Down with the Bix at Six

This letter to the QCT pretty much captures my objections to the Bix at Six.

A good chunk of town, that inside an area bounded by Brady on the west, Kirkwood Boulevard on the North and McCelland Boulevard on the east, is rendered damn near inaccessible by the practice runs each Thursday for weeks and weeks and weeks before the actual race.

Those of us who live within that area get to drive way out of our way, or sit forever waiting for a break in the runners clogging the streets as we try to get home, or to go somewhere.

The Bix is a great event; got no quarrel with it, and I'm glad to deal with the inconveniences on race day. But these practice runs are insane. A great big bzzzzzzz to them and the city fathers who think its OK to inconvenience 1000s of residents week after week.

Posted by jcb at June 19, 2006 09:42 PM

Comments

John,

I wonder how the Beiderbecke family feels about all this hoopla surrounding Bix? Are they consulted on all of these community events?
I suppose so but just wonder.

Posted by: I Wonder at June 19, 2006 11:41 PM

Part of what's irritating is the attitude of the police, some runners, and some race organizers. And that is, they "own" the neighborhood to the point that it's OK for them to be flat-out rude to people who live there.

I've often forgotten to drive around to find a route out of the neighborhood that will avoid the race course, only to sit and sit while traffic cops ignore me or yell at me to stop, when I'm already stopped!

A lot of Barney Fifes out there.

I think having the race here is cool, so why be pushy on the residents? And BTW, the Kapheim thing looks like a tombstone and it's depressing. Not the intended effect, I am sure.

Posted by: Vita at June 20, 2006 10:17 AM

Ok, now I'll likely really step in it...

I have always had a beef with the Bix race itself. Although a great community event that generates substantial tourism for the weekend, it runs on volunteer efforts, it raises nothing but money - yet, where does the money go?

I hear nothing of local charities benefitting from Bix.

In comparison, the John Deere Classic generates considerably greater tourism, for an entire week, works off of a volunteer effort (of over 1,500 volunteers) and last year donated $3,000,000 to over 400 local charities - that is 3-MILLION DOLLARS! (information direct from the JDC website).

I'd love to hear from Mr. Frolich as to where the Bix money goes, other than to a priveledged few individuals. I personally contacted Mr. Frolich two years ago asking him this question and offering to assist him in identifying a means to generate charity dollars. Of course, there was no reply.

Posted by: havinfun at June 20, 2006 01:48 PM

Doesn't anyone care that this great QC institution is giving nothing back to the community?

Where is the outcry for all the good that could be done, that should be done? If I told you that Mr. Frohlich was a conservative Republican (which I have no clue of whether he is or not) and is getting rich (I suspect) with nothing being given back to those in need, wouldn't that burn you a little?

Posted by: havinfun at July 10, 2006 01:21 PM