Motorists won't be able to drive on the Intercounty Connector until late this year or early in 2011, but on Oct. 17, runners and walkers will be able to use it as part of a fundraising event for the Special Olympics Maryland.
The state will open part of the first phase of the ICC — between Shady Grove and Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County — for a 5-kilometer walk/run that Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. According to the State Highway Administration, nearly 200 people have registered so far, bringing $6,000 in pledges. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Special Olympics athletes are among those expected to take part in the race, which will begin near the ICC bridge over Shady Grove Road and continue on a part of the roadway where paving has been completed.
The entry fee is $25 for pre-registration and $30 for those who show up on race day. People can sign up to participate or to sponsor a runner or walker at http://www.iccrun.org.