Not everyone agrees with the temporary one-way status of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, but the route will remain clockwise through at least the end of May.


The city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department converted the trail to a clockwise-only route in mid-April to reduce face-to-face contact among users during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials will reevaluate the situation at the end of the month.


Most people are complying with the one-way status, but many of the directional signs installed to alert trail users about the change have disappeared, according to Heidi Anderson, director of the Trail Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to maintain and improve the 10-mile path around Lady Bird Lake. Foundation officials are discouraging people from using the trail because it’s difficult to maintain a 6-foot social distance at pinch points, but they are asking people who do use it to wear face coverings and replace any downed or misplaced signs they find.


"Our counters actually show that the majority of folks are complying. Depending on the day, between 75 and 85 percent of folks are moving clockwise," Anderson said.


A third round of signage went up last week to replace those that have been torn down, thrown away or swiped as souvenirs.


The coronavirus is making another impact on the trail. The Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Trail Foundation, is going virtual. Instead of lining up downtown on a warm spring evening, participants this year will knock out the 5K race on their own time, wherever they want. The party half of the event will take place in October, and everyone who registers and runs the virtual race now will get a couple of free drinks then.


"Apart but together we can still celebrate the trail while keeping our city safe," Anderson said. "The Trail Foundation is grateful to everyone who is registering and supporting our efforts to ensure the trail is in the best condition possible, even during these unprecedented times."


To register for the race, go to the events page on the Trail Foundation website (thetrailfoundation.org). Participants will get a link to submit their results, which will be posted on the Trail Foundation’s website. Any route — trail, treadmill or road — is allowed; submit your fastest time between June 4 (that’s the day after Global Running Day) and July 4. Everyone who signs up will receive a T-shirt, and the first 700 will get a $10 Maudie’s Tex-Mex gift card.


Money raised through the event is used to make infrastructure and beautification improvements along the trail, which gets more than 4.4 million visits every year.


Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run isn’t the only race going virtual in Austin this year. The Sunshine Run, benefiting Austin Sunshine Camps for low-income youths, continues through next Sunday.


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