Those that are saying that it "infringes on their rights to be downtown during that time" - and are using that argument. What if you are in recovery and there is a brew fest? That would be infringing my right to be downtown. Or in a religion that doesn't drink. I happen to note that you're having one on Sept 5th.
This particular event will literally be an inconvenience for literally 4 hours. Even the Portland WNBR which is the largest in the world, this year boasting over 9k participants - the ride itself began and ended in under 2 hours. The people milled around for quite a bit before and then we host an after-party. That's our schtick. How do I know? I have been one of the organizers since 2009.
It is literally 1 afternoon for you Missoula. (One night in Portland.) The organizers try to do their best to advertise well not to bring in participants, but to let those that want to avoid it give them the opportunity to do so. The Portland Police's suggestions were to avoid the area of town, close your blinds, go to the movies etc.
Seriously, if you go to lunch and a matinee the ride will be over and done with by the time you're done. It will be like it never happened.
Stop making such a big deal about it. The Giver is coming out on the 15th. I'm super stoked about it. One of my fav books as a kid. Sounds like a good day to hit it up.
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