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1,400 expected for Oak Barrel Half Marathon on Saturday

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Officials with the Oak Barrel Half Marathon expect another big crowd on Saturday, as more than 1,400 runners are expected for the seventh annual event. (MCN File Photo by Jeff Reed)

Officials with the Oak Barrel Half Marathon expect another big crowd on Saturday, as more than 1,400 runners are expected for the seventh annual event. (MCN File Photo by Jeff Reed)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The first big event on Moore County’s busy spring calendar is set for this Saturday as 1,400-plus runners will converge on Lynchburg for the seventh annual Oak Barrel Half Marathon.

The annual race, which will take place regardless of heat, cold or rain, has become a must for distance runners from across the country since its inception. Runners flock to Lynchburg for a bit of good competition, a run through scenic Moore County and naturally, to battle vicious Whiskey Hill.

The race is set for an 8 a.m. start just off the Lynchburg square and has a four-hour time limit, so locals out and about should keep an eye out for runners through noon.

Last year, organizers of the Oak Barrel Half Marathon were able to donate more than $21,000 to local charities and organizations from the race proceeds.

Important notes and fun facts:

• All runners who finish the race receive a unique finisher’s medals

• The postrace food and finish line festival is hosted by Jack Daniel’s (no alcohol is served)

• Awards will be presented to top three overall male and female and top three masters (40+) male and female. Age group awards will be presented to top three male and female in the following age groups 12-15, 16-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+.

• Participants should pick up their pre-race packets on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. at the Jack Daniel’s Visitor Center or on Saturday from 6-7:50 a.m. in Wiseman Park.

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