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Downtown Mile to take place next week

Tanner Cook • May 31, 2018 at 6:50 PM

With the calendar turning to June, the summer road racing season gets underway in a hurry on the local scene.

The first major race of the road season is Wednesday, June 6 in downtown Johnson City as the Downtown Mile enters its second year. The event was a huge hit last year and is again set to take place on National Running Day.

There will be a Kids Race (10 & Under) that begins at 7 p.m. followed by an Open Mile starting at 7:30.

The main event — the Fleet Feet Elite Mile — is slated to begin at 8 p.m. with prize money on the line for both men and women. First place is $200, second place is $100 and third place is $50. To meet the standards for the elite race, men must have a personal best of five minutes or under for the mile while women must have a best of seven minutes or under. A Boston Qualifier will also gain entry into the elite race.

Last year’s male winner was Austin Whitelaw, a former University of Tennessee standout, crossing the line in 4:28. The female winner was Gina Rouse from Knoxville, winning in 5:08.

The registration fee for the Kids Run is $15 and for both the open and elite races is $25. Registration online can be found at www.downtownmilejc.com.

There will be food and drinks afterward, including a special cake made by Cakebuds Bakery. The awards ceremony will be at Yee-Haw Brewing Company.

The course has many turns, including one hairpin turn and two right-angle turns in the final 500 meters. The course is USATF-certified.

Also included in the National Running Day celebration, the Turkeys in Training Kids Clinic will take place at the Johnson City Memorial Park Community Center on Tuesday, June 5. This event will be a running clinic that will highlight topics such as nutrition, running mechanics, pacing, injury prevention and others.

The clinic will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for kids K-5th. The cost is only $10, and each participant will receive Chick-fil-A lunch and a Turkey’s in Training t-shirt. Further information on the clinic can be found at www.TurkeysInTraining.com.

“We are excited to have great partners and volunteers to assist us with this wonderful event,” said Karen Hubbs, founder/president of The Goose Chase. “It’s a fun time for all with great post-race activities that include food and beverages plus a special cake by Cakebuds to celebrate National Running Day.”

Event partners include the Johnson City Turkey Trot, Tri-Cities Turtles, The Wellness Center, ETSU’s Center of Excellence, We Run Events, Fleet Feet, Quantum Leap and Yee Haw Brewing.

AROUND THE CORNER

- The Covered Bridge 5K will be held Saturday, June 9 in historic downtown Elizabethton. The event is one of the longest running races in the Tri-Cities. The course will be slightly new this year, but should be a similarly fast course as it has been in the past.

- The 41st annual Rhododendron 10K in Bakersville, North Carolina will be held Saturday, June 16. The drive is less than two hours from Johnson City and has prize money for the 10K run. The course is fairly flat and runs through the quaint town of Bakersville, just on the other side of Roan Mountain.

- Crazy 8s 8K is getting closer as Kingsport’s premier race is down to take place Saturday, July 14 to help kick off FunFest. The famously fast race is looking to take back the world record this year as the field is quickly coming together and will be quality-laden once again. The family fun-filled event is always a good time to connect with friends and share a good race on a night full of great running experiences.

For more information on all upcoming races, visit www.runtricities.org or www.werunevents.com and take a look at the calendar to find a race for you. 

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