Several roads will be closed in Dover for the Horne Street School 5k and Fran's Memorial Fitness Walk on Sunday morning.

Dover Police Chief William Breault said there will likely be delays on Sixth Street, Whittier Street, Horne Street and Glenwood Avenue as participants arrive for the race which starts at 9 a.m. at the school on Horne Street.

The race marks a return to a live race after it went virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Several closures will be in place for the event:

  • Sixth Street will be closed in the northerly direction from Grove Street to Whittier Street from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Horne Street will be closed to through traffic between Glenwood Avenue and Redden Street from 8:45 to 10 a.m.
  • Whittier Street will be closed to through traffic between Sixth Street and Glenwood Avenue from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
  • On-street parking restrictions will be in effect on the entire length of Conifer Commons and on portions of Sixth Street and Horne Street on Sunday morning. Limited event parking is available at the school. Those attending the event are encouraged to park legally on the surrounding neighborhood streets.
Frances “Fran” Hopkins, Horne Street Elementary School
Frances “Fran” Hopkins, Horne Street Elementary School (City of Dover)

The race, which benefits the Horne Street School Parent-Teacher Group is named after Frances "Fran" Hopkins who was the school's nurse for 26 years. She retired in 2016 and died from COVID-19 in 2020.

The Board of Education voted in August to add Fran's name to the school's official name.

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